|Who is this saint? What is the angel bringing him?|
At some level, and I think it's at the most important level, all I really want is to do God's Will. Of course on the surface, there are all sorts of other things I want, some of which are good and others of which are only selfish, but I still (gritting my teeth sometimes) say, "Do with me as You will."
Lately, I've been praying about something that I really don't want to happen. I want it not to happen in a big way. So, as I always do when I'm in situations like this, I have been thinking about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as You will."
I have never realized before, however, what a great mercy this prayer of Our Lord's is for us, because it lets us know for sure that we can pray for the cup to pass without worrying about whether or not we are somehow or other rejecting God's Will for us. We know we can do it because He did it first. How gracious He was to leave us this example.
I came across this icon when I was looking for a picture of the Agony in the Garden. I chose it because of the lower register. I'm not sure what it's about, but it seems to be saying somehow that the agony of Jesus yields blessings for those who are suffering. If anyone knows who the saint is, I would love to hear.