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The Beloved Disciple

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The Origins of This Image

The Gospel of John refers several times to "the disciple Jesus loved." Many modern scripture scholars now agree with ancient sources that the Apostle John wrote this Gospel (or dictated most of the information) and was indirectly talking about himself. See the following verses for these oblique self-references: 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, and 21:7.

This classic synthesis of traditional eastern iconographic forms with modern insight into the meaning of Holy Eucharist by Brother Claude shows Jesus and St. John the Evangelist seated together at the table of the Last Supper. The original hangs in the cloister of Mount Angel Abbey, and reproductions are available in card and print form directly from them. This has been one of their most popular images.

Theology and Symbolism

Jesus is shown seated but full length, looking partly at John and partly at the viewer, with his left hand holding a scroll representing His Divine Word and his right hand gesturing toward the bread and wine on the table. He is dressed in the traditional garb of tunic and cloak. His cloak, called in Greek a "himation" is dark blue signifying the mystery of His divine life. His tunic is red to signify His human blood shed for us all. The garments of the Messiah in Isaiah 63:1-4 were red, as was the soldier's cloak put on Jesus' shoulders during his passion (Matthew 27:28). Christ's halo, the iconographic symbol for sanctity, is inscribed with a cross and the Greek letters; omicron, omega, nu; spelling "HO ON." In English, this becomes "Who Am," the name used for God in Exodus 3:14: "I Am Who Am."

The inverse perspective of Jesus' chair and foot pedestal are a deliberate visual distortion used by iconographers to draw the viewer into the action. The building in the background is a symbol of the church. The writing in red on the gold leaf background labels the figures so that no one will misunderstand their identities. "IC XC" is the shortened Greek form of "Jesus Christ."

John has head bowed and hands extended in the traditional posture for receiving the Holy Eucharist. The cup and bread on the table are also obviously symbolic of the bread and wine miraculously transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, first at the Last Supper, and now at every mass.

The words at the bottom of the picture are part of an interpretation of Psalm 84:3 by Mount Angel's own Abbot Bonaventure of blessed memory: My heart and my flesh cry out: O God, O living God!

The partial anonymity of the Beloved Disciple invites us to place ourselves in this scene, becoming beloved disciples as well. Patient meditation on the details of the loving interaction presented to us in this beautiful icon can be a very rewarding prayer experience.

 

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Product Specifications

Our icon designs are offered in several formats. Typically we print in four sizes; 4", 6", 8", and 10" on the short dimension. Available sizes and formats for each design are listed at the bottom of the product page.

Icon Reproductions on Wood:

Our icons are available mounted on wood in the traditional manner. The wood is 3/4" thick solid hardwood, typically poplar, with a tee-slot milled in the back for easy hanging on the wall. (The 4" size is 1/2" thick.) The wood is stained a traditional icon red, in keeping with Byzantine tradition. (Ancient icon board edges were frequently coated with red bole, a form of clay). Each icon comes with a descriptive folder explaining the symbolism and history of the image.

Double-Matted Prints:

We also provide icon prints mounted on heavy cardboard and covered with a double mat. The inner mat is navy blue with a 1/4" reveal. The outer mat is an off-white to blend with any decor. The matted prints are sized to fit standard frames, 8" x 10", 11" x 14", or 16" x 20" depending on the print size. Descriptive folder included.

Greeting Cards:

Most of our designs are now available in our popular greeting card format. These are single-fold cards printed on heavy stock, 4.38" x 5.93". The cards are blank inside for your own message or custom imprint and have an explanation of the history and symbolism of the icon printed on the back. They are available singly or in packages of ten, envelopes included.

Holy Cards:

Most designs are available in holy card form. These are a convenient size for use as gifts or bookmarks, 3 1/8" x 4 5/8" on heavy cream-colored paper. The backs are blank except for a faint colophon at the bottom, leaving plenty of room for custom imprinting with your own message. These holy cards are sold in packages of 25.

Sanctuary-Size Icons:

Icons can be a beautiful way to enhance a worship space. All of our icons are available as extra large prints, up to 38 inches wide. The latest technology enables enlargement without sacrificing quality. Call 800-889-0105 for pricing and ordering.


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