After the miraculous conception of Saint John the Baptist by Saint Elizabeth and the Annunciation to the Theotokos of the conception of the Lord Jesus, the two cousins met at Elizabeth's home. When the Theotokos entered Elizabeth's presence, John leapt in his mother's womb with joy to be near the Savior and His Mother.
This important event is commemorated with a feast-day on March 30 in the Orthodox Church, and on July 2 and May 31 in Western Christianity. In our modern times, when human life is devalued especially among the unborn, we as Christians proclaim the truth that the unborn Saint John recognized the unborn Christ, and rejoiced in it. For this reason, the Lord is depicted as blessing Saint John in the womb—for, even as an unborn babe not yet fully formed, the Lord was one of the Holy Trinity: fully God and fully man.
The original of this icon was painted by Roman and Anna, a husband and wife iconography team in Moscow, Russia. Commissioned by Legacy Icons, we offer reproductions with the permission of the iconographers.
I absolutely love this icon. When Legacy first announced this icon becoming available, I fell in love with it's simplistic beauty and when it arrived, it took my breath away. My only complaint is that I have to order another one, because my 4 year old insisted he needed it in his room. Would make a great gift, too.
This item is perfect in every way. I bought it as a gift for my wife to commemorate the end of her time in seminary. The story of the Visitation was the touchpoint for her sense of calling and will serve as a devotional reminder for her year of internship and a lifetime of faithful ministry to follow!
What an unexpected joy receiving this icon, The expecting Theotokos with her expecting cousin Elizabeth... St. John leaping with excitement at the closeness of Christ.
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