Elder Joseph the Hesychast said that Orthodox Christians should all have an icon of the Theotokos that they particularly love and that we should keep that icon with us, venerating it and pleading for her intercessions at all times.
So I wanted to share some of my favorite icons of the Theotokos with you.
The first one is of Theotokos’ grandmother Mary, her mother St. Anna and herself with Christ. It is sometimes refered to as the 3 generations or St. Mary–grandmother of the Theotokos.
This one is of the Panagia Elevtherotria (also spelled Eleftherotria). The sisters gave me this icon along with the Akathist booklet when I was pregnant with Lucky. This Panagia is the patron saint of childbirth and war. I know its an odd combination but I don’t ask questions when it comes to what the Theotokos chooses to intercede for. This is the icon, along with the Panagia of Sadnaya that I keep with me at all times.
The next one is The Visitation Icon. I have seen the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth embracing many different icons but this is the only one I’ve seen where you can see the babies in their wombs. Christ is giving His blessing to St. John the Baptist as he prostrates himself before Him. I purchased it off of eBay. *Due to the many inquiries on where to purchase this icon, I located the iconographer of this particular version (there are several) and am linking to her website here.
This is an icon of The Annunciation. It is also one of the only ones I’ve seen where you can see the image of Christ in her womb. I just think its lovely.
Do you have a favorite icon? Which one?