The “Unexpected Joy” Icon of the Mother of God

The “Unexpected Joy” icon of the Mother of God, painted in Moscow in the mid-19th century. The central image depicting an icon of the Mother of God and a youth kneeling at prayer is surrounded by Marian Feasts and Old Testament prophecies. The lower and upper fields of the icon contain texts of the Akathistos to the Pokrov of the Mother of God. The “Unexpected Joy” icon is a symbol of the endless Mercy of the Mother of God and the Unexpected Joy of Salvation and Forgiveness.


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