Christ Enthroned With Symbols of Evangelists
SIZE: 15 3/4" x 10 1/2"
Icon has a hook on the back side for hanging.
Christ is enthroned holding an open Gospel Book with the text "I Am The Light Of The World." The icon
is framed in traditional Russian "old enamel" boarder in blue, red, silver, gold and green colors.
The symbols of the Evangelists from the top left to bottom right are
MATTHEW THE EVANGELITS:
Matthew is considered the author of the first Gospel account, is symbolized by a "winged angel." Matthew's gospel gives Christ's genealogy from Abraham through Joseph. The gospel emphasis is on Jesus' Incarnation and His divine and human natures.
JOHN THE EVANGELIST:
the author of the fourth gospel is symbolized by an "eagle." The eagle dominates the sky and is believed to be able to look straight into the sun. John begins his gospel by Declaring Christ as the "Word" or "Logos" is presents a more defined "Christology" than the other gospels.
MARK THE EVANGELIST,
the author of the second gospel is symbolized by a "winged lion," a figure of courage and monarchy. Mark begins with St John the Baptist preaching and baptizing. Tradition holds Christ slept in His with His open as a lion sleeps with his eyes open. Christ is depicted as "king" in this gospel.
LUKE THE EVANGELIST,
author of the third gospel (and the Acts of the Apostles), is symbolized by a "winged bull." The bull is a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke's account emphasis the priestly duties of Christ as High Priest by His sacrifice for our salvation