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Orthodox icon of Jesus Christ "Blessing" Painted by Theophanis the Cretan, 16th cent., Iviron Monastery, Mount Athos. by Theophanis the Cretan.
Icon of Christ Pantocrator depicts Christ in a full frontal image holding a book in His left hand (the Gospels or the Book of Life). His right hand is raised in blessing or teaching. In some versions the Greek letters IC and XC are present, representing the Christogram "Jesus Christ." Some say his fingers form those letters.