Icon of Saint John the Baptist (Dionysiou) – S297

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A part of the wonderful set of icons called the Great Deisis from Holy Dionysiou Monastery on Mount Athos, which includes Our Lord Jesus Christ (J52), the Theotokos (T59), Saint Peter (S299) and Saint Paul (S298), these masterpieces were painted in a.d. 1542 by Euphrosynos the Cretan.  Here Saint John the Baptist is shown reaching out in supplication to his Lord Jesus Christ in intercession for us.  As he points to his right, so Saint John the Forerunner is seated on Christ’s left in His Heavenly Kingdom, and the Virgin Mary is on His right.  This is why the Lord did not promise the sons of Zebedee these positions, as they were appointed for the greatest man and woman of history born before Him.   Dedicated and committed to God from the womb, Saint John came in the spirit of Elijah.

Deisis icons are quite common in sets on the iconostasis, or icon screens, in many Orthodox monasteries and churches.  This intercession of the Saints for us in love to the Saviour is an expression of the Communion of the Saints, which is the condition of all the Faithful who have come to live in Heaven.  May we begin to experience this love and intercession even now on earth!  

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Church Feast Day 1

29-Aug

Church Feast Day 2

7-Jan

Church Feast Day 3

24-Jun

Heritage

Cretan

Style

Supplicating

Iconographer

Euphrosynos the Cretan

Date

16th c. (Mid)

Location

Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos, Greece