Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
199 Colonel Brown Rd
Griswold CT 06351
An explanation of this icon is found on their website.
"This icon of the Mother of God is called "The Helper in Childbirth". The first prototypes of this icon appeared in Western Russia, in the early 19th century. It was made for a very practical and urgent need - the difficulties in conceiving and giving birth.
A variation of the ancient and famous icon of Our Lady of the Sign, this icon differs by showing the Mother of God folding her hands in prayer over her heart, instead of holding them outstretched to the sides. Under the protective arch of her hands, we can see the newly conceived Christ Child, emanating from inside her womb in an almond shaped-halo of light. To show He is the "Logos", or Word of God incarnate, He holds a small white scroll. She is filled and radiant with light from inside."
Here are 3 other icons in this tradition. Click on each icon - to see full view.
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