This is Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the apostles. She's pictured with a skull to signify dying to herself once she met the Christ. She's holding a bottle of oil for the anointings that are traditionally attributed to her (but weren't positively identified as all being the same Mary. But there was an explanation of the three anointings that made a lot of sense to me, so I'm going to go with it.). She's usually pictured with a small cross to signify her roll in announcing the good news (that Jesus had risen). She's sitting as I always picture her sitting at the feet of Christ in the scene when Martha gets all annoyed with her for sitting around on her tooshie while Martha's running around doing all the work. I always imagine Mary in in blissful serenity listening to our Lord at his feet. What a perfect place to be! (And I try not to be envious because I'm more of a Martha).
She's surrounded in purple and white to signify penance and purity.
Her feast day is July 22. Saint Mary Magdalene, pay for us!
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I love my icon! Perfect size for my needs. Looks great!
So beautiful. I love the way this combines the Catholic image of the sacred heart with the byzantine/orthodox style of icon writing. Hung it right up over the light switch in my bedroom so I see it at the beginning and end of my day. Thank you for sharing your talent. A worthy expression of faith.
I love this image. Beautifully painted. It's perfect for what I purchased it for.
This is my first time actually celebrating Advent properly minus the secularism (I'm a work in progress), and wanted something memorable. Well God must grant wishes too because everything I received today will be memorable for years to come. I purchased both the Advent candles set and Byzantine Mary and Joseph. If you read my other review on the amazing Advent candles set (you won't be disappointed), then you know to go ahead and buy them; they are that awesome. I look forward to buying from ADH in the coming year. Also, these would make a great gift.
Photos from reviews