Icon of the Theotokos (Deisis-Dionysiou) – T59


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A part of the wonderful set of icons called the Great Deisis from Holy Dionysiou Monastery on Mount Athos, which includes Our Lord Jesus Christ (J52), St. John the Baptist (S259), St. Peter (S299) and St. Paul (S298), these masterpieces were painted in 1542 by Euphrosynos the Cretan.  Here the Most Holy Mother of God is shown reaching out in supplication to her Son in intercession for us as she will intercede for all the Faithful at the end of this age and all time.  The Virgin Mary is very intent on this love and care for us, for she has been given abundant grace by God for her abundant love of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and, through God’s sweet Will, gives this to us if we will just open up our hearts in love towards her Son and our Saviour.

Deisis icons are quite common in sets on the iconostasis or icon screens in many Orthodox monasteries and churches.  This intercession of the Saints for us in love to the Saviour is an expression of the Communion of the Saints which is the condition of all the Faithful who have come and live in Heaven.  May we begin to experience this love and intercession even now on earth!  

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Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos, Greece


16th c. (Mid)


Euphrosynos the Cretan