Icon 'Ascension of our Lord' (15th cent.)

Icon 'Ascension of our Lord' (15th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.

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One of the Twelve Great Feasts, celebrated on the 40-ieth day after the Easter Sunday. 
A description of the celebrated event is given in the Book of Acts. For 40 days after His Resurrection, Christ appeared to his disciples commanding them to disperse the word of God among the people and to stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit descends on them. On the 40-ieth day after the Easter, Christ ascended to the Heaven with his arms stretched out in blessing. The upper part of the icon depicts the ascending Saviour supported by two Angels. In the lower part, there is Theotokos with Her aromas raised in prayer, while two Angels in white clothes standing nearby point at ascending Christ. Apostles have no halos above their heads, which means the blessing of the Holy Spirit had not come down upon them yet. 

Troparion, Tone 4 
Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. And this blessing convinced them that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

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