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Eleusa (Greek: Ἐλεούσα — tenderness or showing mercy) is a type of Eastern Orthodox icon of the Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, depicted with the infant Jesus Christ nestled against her cheek. The Theotokos of Vladimir and Theotokos of Pochayiv are well-known examples of this type of icon. The icon symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus as the highest sign of God's love for a people.
Eleusa was also used as epithet for describing and praising Virgin Mary in Eastern Orthodox tradition.
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