Size: 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" VIRGIN OF TENDERNESS - THE JOY OF ALL JOYS ICON
The central icon
is known by two titles: (1) the Virgin of Tenderness (Umilenya) and (2) Virgin Joy of All Joys. The icon reflects Mary's acceptance of all things at the Annunciation
by being the Mother of God
. Mary is pictured with her hands across her chest. On her forehead and each shoulder is an eight pointed star - the sign of her eternal virginity.
St. Seraphim (below is a history of his life) was a very holy man known for his strict acts of personal self mortification and total kindness to the many that sought him - by prostrating before them, kissing their hand and greeting them with the Paschal Greeting "Christ Is Risen!" He healed many people and could answer their questions before they could ask them.
St Seraphim had great devotion to the Mother of God throughout his life.