15 Days for Panagia {day 6}

The Amolyntos is another one of my favorite icons. It is the one we have hanging in the main part of our home next to our kandili.

I’m not sure what the exact history of the icon is, I’ve looked it up but haven’t found much. If anyone knows, I’d love for you to share it with us.

What I do know about it is that Christ has his head turned towards the angels because they are telling him of his future Crucifixion. This is why one angel is holding a cross and the other holds a spear and a reed with a sponge on the end. Also, if you look closely, you will notice that one of the Lord’s sandals is hanging off of his foot, and this is because upon learning of his fate, he quickly ran into His Mother’s arms for protection, causing his one sandal to slip off of His holy foot.

This is yet another reminder of how Christ’s life was not the life of a typical child. He was only concerned with the things of God. How else could a child this age possibly understand something like His own Crucifixion?


7 thoughts on “15 Days for Panagia {day 6}

  1. This icon is also called Theotokos of the Passion, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help by the Roman Catholics who also venerate this icon. We celebrate it's feast on August 13 and the 6th Sunday after Pascha. It's the only icon my Roman Catholic grandmother/ great-aunt (who is a nun) know and I always laugh because every time I show them an icon of Panagia, even if it's totally different, they always say "Oh, it's Our Mother of Perpetual Help", since they only recognize the style. This is from the OCA: http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102292This Catholic source gives an account of it's history. It defers from the Orthodox story, but it's not clear if perhaps the one in Russia was a copy of the original taken to Rome. http://www.marys-touch.com/history/olhelp.htmHope that helps.

  2. As a child, I was told by my father, that when Christ learned of His crucifixion from the angels He ran quickly to His mother for comfort, and His sandal nearly fell off. This is depicted in the icon, although I can't see it in the photo.

  3. Oooh, I've seen the icon with the sandal falling, but I never knew the significance, thank you.My Roman Catholic grandmother had this icon, and I was blessed to receive it after her death. It is in my Icon Corner.

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