- May 13, 2008
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The Ladder of Divine Ascent is a didactic image, i.e. intended primarily to teach a moral lesson, rather than primarily for veneration as a conventional icon. IIRC, it first appeared as a manuscript illumination in a document of monastic or patristic literature, and was later reproduced as a stand-alone panel or mural.truthseeker32 said:I don't know if I could have an icon of the divine ascent in my prayer corner. The sight of souls being dragged to damnation by dark demons would surely distract me from prayer.
To not wish to have it in one's icon corner is no biggie. Though, OTOH, it does reflect the old monastic adage exhorting humility of keep your mind in hell, and despair not.