The Harrowing of Hades is the icon most often used to represent the Resurrection of Christ: the Feast of Feasts, Pascha (Easter). In this scene, Christ is seen coming out of the dark pit of Hades, bringing with Him all of the righteous Old Testament saints. The Lord is pulling Adam and Eve out, having smashed the gates that kept them captive. This is the great and universal triumph of life over death, light over darkness. It is an exact depiction of the Orthodox paschal hymn, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!"
This fresco is one of the most famous depictions of the paschal scene, painted in the apse of the funeral chapel of the Church of the Holy Savior in the Country (usually known simply as Chora), outside the walls of Constantinople.
I realized too late that we did not have a resurrection icon for our home alter for Pascha during COVID-19. I ordered this one on Holy Saturday and it arrived within just a few days. It is beautiful. Such rich colors. We are grateful!
This icon is beautiful! I bought it for my husband as an anniversary gift, and he loves it! Legacy Icons shipped it quickly and it arrived in a very carefully bubble-wrapped package.
I have a larger icon of this at home and bought this for my Lutheran parents after my grandfather died. I included a gift note with it that spoke some words of comfort, explained the icon, and quoted the Paschal Troparion.
The gift note was handwritten and so lovely my parents almost unthinkingly put it on the wall below the icon.
This is a stunning icon. I purchased this icon in the XXL 16 X 20 size for my eastern dining room wall. The detail and the colors are breathtaking. It's as though you are looking at a hand painted icon in a parish. I was so impressed I purchased the Dormition of the Theotokos.
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