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.
This icon captures the magnificence of Resurrection. I used it during my father's memorial just a few days ago. It got people curious & opened up the way for me to explain to my curious nephew what this icon means in our church since he had no clue being from an evangelical background. Legacy Icons customized it for me & I'm glad I got it on time in the mail.
Full of gratitude for this icon and how it is such a blessing to all who see it!
For several yrs I have looked for this icon, since my visit to Chora 20+ years. Quality and affordable.. I will use it for preaching and teaching.
Excellent quality, and a hard-to-find icon. Perhaps a little high-priced, though I do appreciate the work that goes into making these.
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