Theotokos “It is Truly Meet” (“Axion Estin”), (detail), egg tempera on wooden board, 1992. 

The icon is inscribed with the text of the Church hymn: “It is truly meet to bless Thee, O Theotokos, ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim. Without corruption Thou gavest birth to God the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify Thee.”


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