Icon of the Great High Priest Enthroned – J22


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The theme of this icon is expressed in Holy Scripture in these words: “Seeing that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Christ is depicted wearing the robes of a bishop with a bright red robe illumined with crosses, with the crown or miter of His Sovereignty on His head, with the Omophorion or stole of rulership on His shoulders, and with red shoes on His feet which represent that He is of Royal descent.  The Lord sits on His Throne and rests His feet on His Footstool as He blesses us with His right hand and holds an open Gospel book in His left, to teach us how to follow Him.  In St. John’s Gospel, chapter 17, He calls us all to sit with Him and then be one with Him as He is with His Father.  May we all follow this calling to be true Christians indeed!

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Great High Priest, Enthroned


20th c. (Late)


Monk Michael of Athos