Orthodox icon | Pokrov | Intercession of the Mother of God | 24903


  • Russian icon
  • 19th century
  • 27 x 22 cm | 10.6 x 8.7 in


The commemoration of the feast of the Mother of God Pokrov takes place on October 1, as a tribute to her apparition at the Blachernae Church in Constantinople. This church was the storied location where her garments, including her veil and a portion of her belt, were safeguarded. Amidst the service, Saint Andrew, known as the Fool-for-Christ (who passed away in 956), and his student Epiphanius, witnessed the Mother of God advancing towards the Ambon. Accompanying her were Saint John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, and several other saints. She approached the altar, turned to the congregation, and proceeded to spread her veil over all the church attendees. While only Andrew and Epiphanius had the privilege of seeing the Mother of God, her grace was palpably experienced by everyone in attendance.

As depicted in the icon, the Mother of God is seen floating on a small cloud, her hands clasping the veil. Flanked by saints, John the Theologian leads those on her right, and John the Baptist those on her left. Depicted at the base are Andrew the Fool-for-Christ (honored on October 2) and his apprentice, Epiphanius. Romanos the Melodist (honored on October 1), a celebrated hymnographer from the 6th or 8th century, is positioned in the middle of the church, alongside the Emperor and Empress. The icon features a gold background meticulously detailed with engraved, punched, and painted decorative elements.

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