Saviour, Not Made by Human Hands  Unknown icon painter, 12th century 
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Saviour, Not Made by Human Hands
Unknown icon painter, 12th century

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

"You gaze upon the icon of the Saviour and see that he looks at you from it with brightest eyes: this look is the image of how He actually looks upon you with His eyes, that are brighter than the sun, and sees all your thoughts, hears all your heartfelt distress and sighs. The image is an image, and represents in lines and signs that which cannot be delineated, cannot be given in signs, and can be comprehended by faith alone. Believe, then, that Saviour always protects you and sees each one of you–with all your thoughts, sorrows and sighing, in all your circumstances, as upon the palm of the hand…
Therefore pray before the icon of the Saviour as before Himself. The Lover of man is present in it by His grace, and with the eyes depicted in it really looks at you… while with his ears as represented on the icon, He hears you. But remember that his eyes are the eyes of God, and his ears are the ears of the omnipresent God."
— St. John of Kronstadt