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The Theotokos icon with child Jesus
« on: April 03, 2017, 11:18:55 PM »
Why is it very common, it seems, for Orthodox churches (I've also seen this in Melkite churches as well) to have a huge icon of the Theotokos and child Jesus in the back of the sacturary?  Since it appears to be a common thing, I take it there is a significant reason for it.
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Re: The Theotokos icon with child Jesus
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 11:49:25 PM »
Why is it very common, it seems, for Orthodox churches (I've also seen this in Melkite churches as well) to have a huge icon of the Theotokos and child Jesus in the back of the sacturary?  Since it appears to be a common thing, I take it there is a significant reason for it.


Mary is a type or symbol of the whole Church in whom Christ dwells. And at the Divine Liturgy of the Church, like Mary, the Church bearing Christ in its heart--in the hearts of all the faithful--intercedes for the universe. Or Christ through the Church intercedes to the Father. This is one of the reasons why the icon is placed where it is in the Apse (the curved dome above and behind the Altar) of the Church.


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Re: The Theotokos icon with child Jesus
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 11:54:22 PM »
Why is it very common, it seems, for Orthodox churches (I've also seen this in Melkite churches as well) to have a huge icon of the Theotokos and child Jesus in the back of the sacturary?  Since it appears to be a common thing, I take it there is a significant reason for it.


Mary is a type or symbol of the whole Church in whom Christ dwells. And at the Divine Liturgy of the Church, like Mary, the Church bearing Christ in its heart--in the hearts of all the faithful--intercedes for the universe. Or Christ through the Church intercedes to the Father. This is one of the reasons why the icon is placed where it is in the Apse (the curved dome above and behind the Altar) of the Church.


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Thanks for sharing!  Very interesting!
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Re: The Theotokos icon with child Jesus
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2017, 12:01:09 AM »
God showed himself to the Levites on the Ark of the Covenant, where sacrifices were sprinkled, hidden before the curtains of the Holy of Holies. The Ark of the Covenant is a type of the Theotokos, and the sacrifice of lambs a type of Christ's final sacrifice. Now, God shows himself to all through the Theotokos in the Holy of Holies, where the bloodless sacrifice (the Eucharistic Liturgy) is performed.

Edit: I don't know if this explanation is ad hoc, but at least it makes a lot of sense.
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Re: The Theotokos icon with child Jesus
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2017, 05:25:10 PM »
Why is it very common, it seems, for Orthodox churches (I've also seen this in Melkite churches as well) to have a huge icon of the Theotokos and child Jesus in the back of the sacturary?  Since it appears to be a common thing, I take it there is a significant reason for it.


Mary is a type or symbol of the whole Church in whom Christ dwells. And at the Divine Liturgy of the Church, like Mary, the Church bearing Christ in its heart--in the hearts of all the faithful--intercedes for the universe. Or Christ through the Church intercedes to the Father. This is one of the reasons why the icon is placed where it is in the Apse (the curved dome above and behind the Altar) of the Church.


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AHA! I knew that the "Woman with a Crown of 12 Stars" was Typologically both the Virgin Mary and the Church, and this interpretation connects it!

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