OUR LADY OF EXTREME HUMILITY - OUR LADY OF TENDERNESS - OUR LADY OF SORROWS - LA DOLOROSA - MOTHER OF SORROWS - UMILENIE - JOY OF ALL JOYS
There are many different names for and variations of this icon in Eastern and Western veneration. Regardless of how it is portrayed its message is the same - come to me! The icon is in an "Eleusa" style - meaning the Virgin is compassionate and conveys intimacy, gentleness and grace to her children. Our loving Mother!
One of the few icons in which the Blessed Mother (Theotokos) is pictured alone. Her hands are crossed with humility in acceptance of the will of God -
The Western Church celebrates the Virgin of Extreme Humility (also known as Mother of Sorrows) on Sept 15th - the day after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. In the East its feast day is July 28th (August 10th Old Calendar) and Dec 9 (Dec 22nd Old Calendar) on the Feast of the Conception of St Anne.
The icon is very famous for the veneration of our Lady by St Seraphim of Sarov a Russian ascetic of the 18th century - a holy man venerated in the Orthodox Church on January 2 and the opening of his relics on July 19th. Tradition holds St Seraphim prayed most of this life before this image - one tradition holds he prayed for 2000 days on a stone slab in front of this image and died in its presence on Jan 2, 1833. Many of the visitors to St Seraphim were healed by this icon. It is a miraculous today in the Diveevsk Seraphimovsk Monastery.
Siz2 7 x 8 3/4 inches.
Hook on the back side for hanging is included.
This decoupage icon was Made In Russia.
REJOICE, O VIRGIN BRIDE!