Christ Enthroned
“On the Iconostasis”

 

 

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Our Lord Jesus, being both Divine and Human, reconciled between God and man. Christ has allowed us to hear God’s voice for He is the Word of God made flesh.

In the Old Testament, “the Holy of Holies” had a huge curtain hung before it for two reasons: to keep men out and to shut God in. At Christ’s crucifixion, the curtain of the temple was torn in two because the death of Christ opened for us the door to God’s presence.

One of the fathers composed a hymn on behalf of the icon image of Christ, saying “We venerate Thy sacred image, O Gracious Lord, asking the forgiveness of our sins, O Christ God. Wherefore, we thankfully cry to Thee: ‘Thou didst fill all things with joy, O Savior, When Thou didst come to save the world’”

In this icon, Christ is seated on the Throne of His Glory. His right hand is raised in blessing while His left supports the Gospel. His inner white robe symbolized His left Divine nature while the outer red tunic reveals His assumed human nature. On either side of the throne are the Coptic abbreviations of “Jesus Christ.” On the top of the icon is the Coptic word for “Our Savior.” Inside the nimbus (the halo), is the outline of the Cross which is a distinguishing feature in all icons that represent Christ.

The icon of the Teacher (the Enthroned) is a variation on the Pantocrator; it is a representation of the Incarnate Son of God. His facial features are grave and solemn, full of love, care and concern; it invites us to look into the eyes of Divine Love.

This icon is placed on the right side of the Royal doors on the icon screen. It is Christ Himself Who leads us in worship of the father, and through Whom we enter the mystery of Divine Life.

 

 

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