August 25, 2009

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The icon depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus. To the left, the Archangel Michael, carries the lance and sponge of the crucifixion. To the right, the Archangel Gabriel carries a three-bar cross and nails. This type of icon where Mary is pointing to her Son is known as a Theotokos of the Passion. The Christ-child has been frightened by a pre-sentiment of His passion, and has run to His mother for protection. The facial expression of the Virgin Mary is solemn, looking directly at the viewer instead of her Son.

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