My Favorite Icons of the Theotokos

My Favorite Icons of the Theotokos


Elder Joseph the Hesychast said that Orthodox Christians should all have an icon of the Theotokos that they particularly love and that we should keep that icon with us, venerating it and pleading for her intercessions at all times.

So I wanted to share some of my favorite icons of the Theotokos with you.

The first one is of Theotokos’ grandmother Mary, her mother St. Anna, and herself with Christ. It is sometimes refered to as the 3 generations or St. Mary–grandmother of the Theotokos.

This one is of the Panagia Elevtherotria (also spelled Eleftherotria). The sisters gave me this icon along with the Akathist booklet when I was pregnant with Lucky. This Panagia is the patron saint of childbirth and war. I know it’s an odd combination, but I don’t ask questions when it comes to what the Theotokos chooses to intercede for. This is the icon, along with the Panagia of Sadnaya, that I keep with me at all times.

The next one is The Visitation Icon. I have seen the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth embracing in many different icons, but this is the only one I’ve seen where you can see the babies in their wombs. Christ is giving His blessing to St. John the Baptist as he prostrates himself before Him.  I purchased it off of eBay, but you can visit the website of the iconographer here.

This is an icon of The Annunciation. It is also one of the only ones I’ve seen where you can see the image of Christ in her womb. I just think its lovely.


Do you have a favorite icon? Which one and why is it your favorite?


About author

Sylvia Leontaritis

Sylvia Leontaritis is the author of the children's book, A Pocketful of Seeds. Her work has previously appeared in The Handmaiden journal, The Orthodox Observer, the Orthodox Christian Radio Network and Ancient Faith Radio. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.

Sylvia blogs at Adventures of an Orthodox Mom, a place where moms (and dads) share in the triumphs and mishaps of raising children within the Orthodox Faith.

She lives on a small farm in Florida with her husband and their three sons. When she's not changing diapers or tending the animals (non-children ones), she can be found fiddling in the garden, knitting or scribbling down story ideas. Their family attends services at the two monasteries nearby their home.

She is currently working on her next book.