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Weep Not for Me O Mother, 16th century
In this 16th-century icon entitled "Weep Not for Me, O Mother," Christ is shown as standing in an erect position next to a weeping Mary. Such a posture suggests that Christ is already announcing his Resurrection, as indicated in the icon’s title, which is traditionally recited as part of a special service held on Holy Friday in Eastern Christianity (The Lamentation at the Tomb, also known as Epitáphios Thrēnos): “Lament me not, O Mother, seeing me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed, for I shall arise and be glorified with eternal glory as God. I shall exalt all who magnify you in faith and in love."

© Courtesy Tretyakov Gallery