The Theotokos of Tenderness
On January 2nd, 1833 the great ascetic, Christian mystic, wonder-worker and spiritual giant, Saint Seraphim of Sarov, reposed in his hermitage in the woods not far from Sarov Monastery. He was found kneeling in prayer before an icon of the Most Holy Mother of God which had served as an inspiration for him throughout his life: The Theotokos of Tenderness or the Umilenie (Russian: Умиление).
The icon is rare within Orthodox Christianity in that it shows the Mother of God without the infant Christ in her arms. The reason for this is because it is a depiction of the Holy Virgin at the moment of the Annunciation (Luke 1:24-38). With arms prayerfully folded in submission to the Lord, her eyes downcast in humility, she is at the point of uttering her salvific reply to the Archangel Gabriel: “Let it be to me according to thy word.”
She is beautiful to behold. This is one of those items one orders without knowing what it will look like when it arrives. The icon exceeded my expectations. The inage is clear and beautiful and the colors are vibrant. This is an icon one can pray with and do so reverently.
A very unique and wonderful icon. Reproduction is high quality.
This is the icon that St. Seraphim was praying in front of when he fell asleep in the Lord. I highly recommend buying a used copy of St. Seraphim of Sarov A Spiritual Biography by Archimandrite Lazarus Moore ISBN: 1-880364-13-1 and this icon.
Beautiful piece that will last for generations. I really mean that. Highly finished quality.