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Panagia Glykophilousa

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The '''Panagia Glykophilousa''', "Sweet-kissing" or "Loving Kindness" [[icon]] depicts the [[Theotokos|Virgin Mary]] caressing her [[Jesus Christ|son]], so that they appear to be kissing. In the Byzantine representations, the Child caresses her cheek while she appears sad, seemingly contemplating his coming Passion. The representation from the Cretan School of the 17th Century shows very pronounced characteristics of the Virgin Mother. A similar icon to compare to the '''Glykophilousa''' is the [[Panagia Eleousa|Eleousa]] (the Virgin of Tenderness), where the Mother is accepting the affection demonstrated by the Child Christ. The icon is remembered by the Church on [[March 27]].
==Glykophiloussa - Monastery of Philotheou (Athos)==

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