In the writings of St. Dimitri of Rostov there is an instructive narrative about a certain sinner who unexpectedly experienced the joy of repentance before an icon of the Mother of God. This event became so beloved of the Russian people that an icon was drawn depicting it, which came to be known as ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö‚à´The Unexpected Joy.‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ The icon shows a sinner standing on his knees, praying before an icon of the Theotokos and cleansing his soul through penitence. Very fine, cracked.
Theotokos Icon of Unexpected Joy, 19th Century, Tempera on Wood, 36x27.5 cm
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