“Seeing then 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 time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16) Christ, the Infinite and Unapproachable God, was incarnate to make Himself approachable and knowable through the ardent love of His followers and believers. It is His weakness and self-emptying “kenosis” while still Almighty and His willingness to suffer for our sake that touches the heart and mind to turn to Him for help in our weakness.
This type of icon depicts Christ wearing the robes of a bishop; the crown (miter) and stole (omofor or omophorion) decorated with crosses. Christ, the Great High Priest of His Church on earth, is shown holding an open Gospel Book in His left hand and blessing with His right hand. The fingers of His hand form the Greek letters “IC XC”, the abbreviation for “Jesus Christ”.