The icon shows the Holy Family of Nazareth. The young Christ Emanuel is surrounded in love by Mary and Joseph. The Virgin Mary holds the Christ Child, and the Child playfully extends his hands to his mother.

In this unique icon the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph look with care and adoration on the Devine Child. This intimate and touching view of The Holy Family exemplifies fascination with Jesus’ humanity. The Virgin’s beauty and youth, the Child’s body, and their warm faces enhance the sense of the Holy Family as ordinary, loving and ultimately very human.

The inspiration to compose and design this icon was late 15th Russian icon of Virgin Mary of Yaroslaw.

This icon shows us a meaningful picture of the tender and devoted relationship between Jesus, Mary and Joseph as well as their love and sacrifice for others. In this icon, the Christ Child is at the center with Mary and Joseph lovingly at his sides. Jesus outstretches his arms to his mother with love and tenderness and Joseph offers a guiding hand of fatherly support.

“The Holy Family” icon serves as an example and a reminder of the importance of family in both human and divine existence.

“Holy Family of Nazareth, make our family one with you. May we be peace-loving and peace- giving. And may we always have God as the center of our harts and our home. Amen.”


The icon by the hand of Janusz Charczuk.

Egg tempera on wood, priming on textile, 23K gold leaf.

60.25 x 45.5 cm (23.75 x 17.75 in)