19 March 2014

The Holy Protection

I finished this icon of The Holy Protection a few weeks ago. I plan to use this icon as the subject of an icon painting workshop I will teach this Fall. It depicts the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in prayer holding her veil as a protective shield or covering. This feast is known as Pokrov (Russian/Slavonic) or Agia Skepi (Greek), and is celebrated in October.
 

"Most holy Mother of God, today we Orthodox joyfully celebrate thy coming among us. As we gaze at thy icon we cry with compunction: Shelter us under thy protection, deliver us from evil, and pray thy Son Christ our God to save our souls." - Troparion of the Feast

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