Gallery PRAISE OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

11. may 2018

The icon is divided into three uneven parts. In the upper part we can find the name of the icon. The inner rectangle in the upper part is dominated by Christ the Pantokrator. He holds the Gospel in his hands, He is dressed in a purple garment – the colour of the king, the leader, the God, and a blue cloak that signifies the heavenly infinity, wisdom and piety. Around Him we see a decoration – a wreath of red leaves with a rose. The rectangular parts are framed by a narrow red stripe. The upper and the bottom parts have a brown background. In the centre we find the Mother of God with a gloriole and a monogram. She is sitting on a raised pedestal on a red pillow. She is dressed in a brown cloak that emphasizes her modesty. Around her there is a wreath in the form of mandorla with red leaves and nine roses. She bends her head to express her approval, and at the same time she rises her right hand to reject personal fame/glory because she knows that everything she is, comes from God. The saints who surround her come in three rows. They have scrolls in their hands. All Saints, except one, who is kneeling in front of the pedestal, have glorioles above their heads, which confirms their holiness. In the upper row there are three Saints on both sides, in the middle there are two Saints on each side, two figures have prince crowns on their heads. In the middle zone with a golden background there is a guardian angel in white garment, a sign of purity and innocence with a monogram in the gloriole and with the symbols of the Russian Orthodox cross and sword. On the opposite side we find Saint Claudia, virgin and martyr, in red garments with gloriole. She belongs to the seven martyrs who have been persecuted for their faith.

The figures surrounding the Mother of God are patriarchs, kings and prophets who foretold prophecies about the Mother of God.