This is our beautiful Our Lady of Mercy Giclée. Our Lady of Mercy is a depiction of Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, as Mary the mother of Jesus the Christ, as Mary, the very mother of God (Theotokos).
Sacred Art for Home, Office, School, and Worship Space
The Our Lady of Mercy Giclée measures about 11.5 x 9 inches and was created by a Colorado artist who is a professional iconographer. This icon was “written” (like a work of theology) as a beautiful work of religious art to be displayed on the wall of your home, office or worship space.
Mater Dei – Theotokos – “God-Bearer”
In 431 a.d., the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus solemnly defined the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos (Greek: Θεοτόκος – Latin: Mater Dei), in English, the “God-Bearer” or “Mother of God”. The Virgin Mary is the Theotokos or Mater Dei, because she gave birth not just to a baby human being, but to God as a baby human being! The four Greek letters on the top left and right corners of this plaque (ΜΡ ΘΥ) are a syncope (contraction) of two Greek words: ΜΗΤΗΡ ΘΕΟΥ – METER THEOU (“Mother of God”). The middle part of each word is removed (syncopated): Μ[ΗΤΗ]Ρ Θ[ΕΟ]Υ becomes ΜΡ ΘΥ.
The four Greek letters to the left of the halo of the Christ Child (ΙΣ ΧΣ) are also a syncope (contraction) of two other Greek words: ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ — IESOUS CHRISTOS — JESUS CHRIST. The center part of each word is removed (syncopated): Ι[ΗΣΟΥ]Σ Χ[ΡΙΣΤΟ]Σ becomes ΙΣ ΧΣ. The syncopation of each of the four Greek words is indicated by the symbol ~ over each pair of Greek letters.
Please note the Alpha (A) and Omega (Ω) in the halo of the Christ Child. These are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet. Jesus is indeed the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, of all existence:
Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:12-13)