Panagia Platytera

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[[Image:St Nick DC Altar.jpg|thumb|right|This Panagia Platytera icon rises above the [[iconostasis]] in [[St. Nicholas Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)|St. Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC]]]]
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'''Panagia Platytera''' (Greek: Πλατυτέρα; "wider" or "more spacious") is an [[icon]] of the [[Theotokos]], facing the viewer directly, usually depicted full length with her hands in the "[[orans]]" position, and with the image of [[Christ]] as a child in front of her chest, also facing the viewer directly.  Sometimes the image of Christ is contained within a medallion.
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Poetically, by containing the Creator of the Universe in her womb, Mary has become ''Platytera ton ouranon'', which means: "More spacious than the heavens." This type is sometimes called the "Virgin of the Sign" or "Our Lady of the Sign," a reference to [[Book of Isaiah|Isaiah]] 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel."
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Such an image is often placed in the [[apse]] above the [[altar]].
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==History of the icon==
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==List of churches==
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==List of monasteries==
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==See also==
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*[[Kursk Root icon]]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.insidemani.gr/fresco.html Panagia Platytera fresco] in Mani, Greece
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*[[w:Our Lady of the Sign|''Our Lady of the Sign'' at Wikipedia]]
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*[http://www.rollins.edu/Foreign_Lang/Russian/panagia.html The Virgin Orans Great Panagia]
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[[Category:About Icons]]
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[[Category:Icons of the Theotokos]]
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[[Category:Theotokonymia]]
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