XC-025 Weep Not For Me, O Mother
A lacquered icon Weep Not For Me, O Mother on wood.
An image printed on paper is attached to a wooden board and covered with lacquer.
The icon Weep Not For Me, O Mother can be traced back to the Shroud of Turin. Originally, there were two separate icons showing Christ in the tomb and the grieving Theotokos but by the 14th century the two images merged into one icon made publicly accessible for veneration on Holy Friday. Jesus Christ in the tomb is shown to the right. His head is bowed, his eyes are closed, the wounds from nails and the spear are clearly visible, and there is the Cross behind his back. The Mother of God is to the left, hugging the Savior and weeping for her Son.
The name of this icon derives from the initial words of a hymn sung on Holy Saturday, where Christ comforts the sorrowful Theotokos and promises to her his imminent Resurrection.