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, John the Baptist and Righteous Noah represent all the kings and prophets who had gone before, foreseeing this great event. At the top, two Angels lift up the Cross as a symbol of victory; below, an old man representing Death itself is tied up, for Christ "has led Captivity captive."
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.
This icon was painted by our friend Georgi Chimev.
This icon is a masterpiece. The gold colors look even better in person. An icon that does justice to the glory of the Lord's resurrection.
My only complaint is the choice of where the print was trimmed. They leave on a bit of the red border from the original icon. But then there is a space between the edge of the bevel and the beginning of the print. The print has white edges. So in the end it really looks like a paper print glued on a piece of painted wood. I know that IS what it is but it would have looked so much nicer if they had matched the print edge with the bevel and painted red over the edge. When one pays this much for a mounted icon this is really one of those details that is expected.
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