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The Good Thief (XVIIc) Icon - S447

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The Good Thief was one of the two criminals who was crucified with Jesus. One of the thieves joined the Roman soldiers in mocking Christ and demanding to be saved, while this one said, "Remember me when You come into Your Kingdom." Jesus assured him that he would be with Him in Paradise that very day.

He is known in the West as St. Dismas, which means "sunset" or "death"; while the Eastern Orthodox tradition simply calls him "the Good Thief" or "the Penitent Thief." He is given other names in a few other places. He is usually depicted on a white background and surrounded by trees, which represents Paradise or Eden. He is commemorated on Good Friday in the East; but on March 25 in the West, based on a tradition that Christ (along with the Thief) died on the same day as the Annunciation, which is March 25.

His couplet in the Greek Synaxarion reads:

Eden's locked gates the Thief has opened wide,
By putting in the key, "Remember me."

His words are also quoted at every Divine Liturgy, at the end of the pre-communion prayer: "like the Thief will I confess You: Remember me, O Lord, in Your Kingdom."


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  • 5

    Well pleasing

    Posted by Dismas Marbury on Apr 17th 2023

    I got this icon in a set with St James the brother of our Lord for my son and I on the second anniversary of our baptism. It’s a great icon. The quality is fantastic, I was very pleased with both. I’m glad my spiritual father taught us about Dismas in catechism and I was able to find a good print for our family icon wall. He’s a great reminder of Gods mercy. He and James now sit on each side of a legacy print of the mystical supper in our familyroom.