There was this *detail* of the icon that struck me as odd. But I sort of forgot about it, until I started looking for the new header pic and wanted an icon...so after I found the icon I wanted as header, I went looking for this other icon, but of course I didn't know the name of the icon, I just remembered that it was the Virgin Mary holding an infant Christ, plus the odd little detail. Of course, there're a few icons like that, minus 'weird detail', and I got nowhere. Until I thought, 'hmm, maybe the retreat has a website & a picture of the chapel/icon.' And lo and behold, they do. Have a website, that is.
No interiors of their chapel though, but then I noticed their crest. It was the icon! And then it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, they'd named their retreat after the icon. *duh*
So, here's the icon:
And what's the odd detail? Look at His feet. He's losing His widdle shoe! (yes, I said 'widdle', and I meant it.) Now, among the other things I know about icons (previous posts here & here), I know that nothing is written into an icon without a reason. Everything you see has symbolic meaning. So, what is the meaning of Christ losing His widdle shoe? (Live with the 'widdle'. It's adorable.)