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Harrowing of Hades (XXIc) Resurrection Icon - F211

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On the third day after His death, the Sunday of Pascha (Easter), our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ raised Himself from the dead. This icon celebrates the universe-transforming event known as the Harrowing of Hades, the doctrine laid down in the Nicene Creed. In His spirit, the Lord descended into Hades, the realm of the dead. But death, being unable to hold Him Who is Life, was rendered powerless, and Christ raised the dead to eternal life. 

In the icon, Christ is standing on the gates of Hades. He destroyed these ancient gates that had held all the dead captive. He is reaching down to Adam and Eve, our first human ancestors, pulling them from the grave. David, Solomon, and John the Baptist represent all the kings and prophets who had gone before, foreseeing this great event. Standing around them are multitudes of the dead who believed in Christ when He came to set them free.

The Resurrection is the feast of feasts, the season of seasons, in which we praise Christ for this glorious action that made our union with God possible.

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    Posted by BARRY BALLARD on Jun 16th 2020

    ADAM & EVE represent the universal humanity; enclosed within Christ’s cross and resurrection
    Moses represents the LAW enclosed within the cross and resurrection
    KING DAVID represents that all kingships and rules are subordinate to the rule of Christ and the cross and resurrection
    Simply the best resurrection icon. Submitted 6-16-2020

  • Beautiful.

    Posted by Ryan on Nov 1st 2017

    It's just gorgeous. I ordered the 11x14, and it's perfect.


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