Size: 5 1/4" x 4 1/2"
Virgin Mary "The Inexhaustible Cup" is an ancient form of the "Orante" (also known as "Orans") Virgin in the gesture of "Praying." The use of the chalice reflects on Christ in the mystery of the Eucharist. Christ is the lamb that "is forever eaten yet never consumed." The Virgin in her role in the Incarnation feeds humanity with Heavenly Bread. The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council decreed singing "Your Womb became a Heavenly Table, bearing Holy Bread - Christ our God."
Today the Virgin is supplicated for those suffering (including the addict and or those who love, interact or are affected by them) from alcoholism and drug addiction. The Virgin as manifested through the Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup has gained acceptance throughout the Orthodox world and in the United States. This icon is used by some alcohol support groups.