Icon of Saint Peter (Deisis, Dionysiou) – S299

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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 John the Baptist (S297) and Saint Paul (S298), these masterpieces were painted in a.d. 1542 by Euphrosynos the Cretan.  Here Saint Peter, the leader of the Apostles, is shown reaching out in supplication to his  Lord Jesus Christ in intercession for us, carrying a scroll representing his Universal Epistles.  This simple fisherman became, through his ardent love of his Master Jesus Christ, a profound teacher, whose eloquence brought over 5,000 to the Faith at his sermon on the Day of Pentecost.  After the Resurrection, Saint Peter was fearless before authorities, and many miracles flowed out from his hands.

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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Euphrosynos the Cretan


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Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos, Greece