Saint Sophia The Wisdom of God

Unknown18th c.

St. Sophia of Kyiv

St. Sophia of Kyiv
Kyiv, Ukraine

In the center there is a figure of Our Lady of the Sign, standing on the crescent-shaped moon. She is portrayed in rotunda, supported by seven pillars. Wisdom, or Sophia, symbolizes the son of God, about whom it is said in the Parables of Solomon: “Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars”. These words are written on the cornice of rotunda. These words refer to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is called "God's Wisdom" in Epistles. The word “House” refers to the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to the Son of God.
God the Father is portrayed above the rotunda, from whom the Holly Spirit descends down the Virgin Mary in the form of the dove.
Seven Archangels are depicted on both sides of God the Father, holding the signs of their ministry: to the right – Michael with a sword, Uriel with a lightning, Raphael with alabastron of chrism, to the left – Gabriel with a lily, Salathiel with beads, Jegudiel with a royal crown and Barachiel with flowers on a white shawl.
On seven steps of ambon that symbolizes the Church of God on earth, in front of the Virgin Mary there stand forefathers and prophets, who announced the advent of Wisdom to the world: to the right: Moses with the tablets, Aaron with a rod, David with the Ark of the Covenant, to the left - Isaiah with the Charter of his prophecy, Jeremiah with a scroll, Ezekiel with gates shut and Daniel with a corner stone. Seven Virtues are indicated on the steps: Faith, Hope, Love, Purity, Humility, Grace, Glory.


  • Title: Saint Sophia The Wisdom of God
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 18th c.
  • Type: icon

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