Icon of Theotokos 'Do not lament Me, o Mother' (XVI cent.)

Icon of Theotokos 'Do not lament Me, o Mother' (XVI cent.)
/upload/iblock/1c8/56de71d50215b4dceed040cd3d391ccf.jpg Icon of Theotokos 'Do not lament Me, o Mother' (XVI cent.)
blessed. Virgin

Artnumber: 001003ид14033

Price: $5.16

Direct print on linden panel.
Size: 9,5х14х2,5 cm.
Icon 'Do not lament Me, o Mother' from the Vatoped monastery on Mount Athos presents Christ in the Sepulchre after the Crucifiction. The name is taken from the irmos of Ode 9 of the Canon of Gtreat Saturday by St. Cosmas of of Maiuma. Its iconography emerged in the Balkans in XIV cent. Christ's naked body is partially inside a coffin (the image may be called 'Christ in the Sepulchre'), His head is bowed, eyes closed, and arms crossed near the waist. Behind His back there is a cross. Instruments of sufferings may also be depicted, including the spear, stick with a sponge, and the crown of thorns. On many icons of this type, Theotokos, John the Theologist and other mourning Saints stand before Christ. The idea of the icon is to be associated with the Sacrifice as a manifestation of God's love to men. The Saviour's body, half inside the coffin, implies he was not fully embraced by the death. The Cross behind the Christ's back, often together with the instruments of sufferings represents the price paid for our salvation. The  spiritual message of the icon is that Lord consoles His lamenting Mother by Resurrection and Ascension to life eternal, not only of His Own but also of all those who believe in Him. prayers before the icon are usually made when in sorrow and lamentation, for the suffering, and for children. The icon is commemorated on Good Friday.

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