Mary, Mother of Mercy - Dedicated to Pope Francis in this Year of Mercy 289
William Hart McNichols
Painting - Acrylic On Wood
After hearing the truly good news that Pope Francis had planned to consecrate us all in a Year of Mercy , I immediately went looking for a prototype of an icon I could give to people wanting to pray with an icon of Mary and the Child. While looking at many "tenderness icons " I found instead, the Terebinskaya Icon, which is probably one of the happiest icons I have ever seen. This icon caused me to reexamine the whole concept of the joyful effects of Mercy . It would evoke the blessings on the merciful from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount ....how happy, how blessed are the merciful!
Our Mother is praying in the ancient "orans " position with hands outstretched and raised while looking tenderly, with so much love at her Child . The Child seems to literally dance upon the world, as Holy Wisdom in Proverbs 8:30, 31.
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March 11th, 2016
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