The Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill Icon

 

Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill

Now this has a Roman Catholic source, but since it is an icon, surely Orthodox Christians can affirm the effort. Is it not a window into heaven, into the Divine love the Son of God has for all who have mental health issues, a love that His Most Holy Mother shares? We count her as a Champion Leader, leading the Saints in intercession for us before her Son, enthroned in Heaven at the right hand of the Father.

I am also posting a similar, more familiar Orthodox icon of the Most Holy Theotokos with our Lord Jesus Christ- the Life Giving Spring Icon– for consideration and comparison.

Life Giving Spring

Sources:  Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill & Irenikon: Feast of the Life-giving Spring, Bright Friday

Orthodox Wiki: An Explanation of the Life-Giving Spring and the Icon

Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring: Scroll down for a gallery of icons

O Lady graced by God,
you reward me by letting gush forth, beyond reason,
the ever-flowing waters of your grace from your perpetual Spring.
I entreat you, who bore the Logos, in a manner beyond comprehension,
to refresh me in your grace that I may cry out,
“Hail redemptive waters.”
Icon of the Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill is originally derived from the

Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre

 

3 Responses to “The Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill Icon”


  1. 1 Anastasia February 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Very Holy Mother of God save us ! Sin makes us all think wrongly to an extent and blinds us… How lucky we are to have Her help. She is there for every single one of us, I find this fascinating.

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  2. 2 Timothy Duff April 26, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Dear Mr. Gall,
    The Merciful Mother of the mentally ill Icon was written by the request of Timothy Duff, STM Founder and Guardian of the Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre. Please site us and our website: http://www.guildbjlabre.org
    in your posts from now on. God Bless your work~

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