came the Prophets, with Our Lady of the Sign (i.e. of Christ's incarnation) at the centre. Below that was a row of smaller icons of the major festivals of the New Testament. Next came the most impressive tier, the Deesis or prayer row, with a central image of Christ Enthroned in Glory. The Deesis celebrates the coming of Christ and his Kingdom, which is the central fact of the liturgy. The Mother of God stands to Christ's right, John the Baptist or Forerunner
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