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John_Curran
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Well, what an interesting topic this has opened up to me! The fourth man in the furnace may have been an angel, perhaps the Archangel Michael, or possibly the "preincarnate Christ."

Seems there are differences of opinion on the translation found in Daniel 3:25; the fourth person had a form "like a son of the gods" or alternately, "like the Son of God." This in the Old Testament, of course.

The angel with Christ's halo was one iconographers apparent answer to the question?

The three said that God be with them--- Emmanuel, God with us...

I'll try to scan in the drawing, not that I imagine it will help.

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I think angels are more appropriate than the 3 children from the furnace as the link suggests but as to meaning your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps Jill can shed some light here.

The 3 children in the furnace are mentioned numerous time during the Orthodox Lenten services and none suggest any Virginal intercesion. As a matter of fact the last few icons of the cildren in the furnace have an angel with Christ's halo nad there is no mention that the angel of the Lord is the Lord so.....its all a bit confusing.

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It appears there are several opinions on the identity of the faces... Do you have a conclusion, Tom? With regard to the use of this symbolism in 17th Century Russia--- would angelic faces represent virginity?
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http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=288745

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check the Dec 13 thread in General Questions. The question was posted there first.

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Could you post an image of this? That would help a lot.
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In a book of Russian icons from the 17th century (all line drawings), I saw a Mother of God which, instead of the three stars used to symbolize perpetual virginity, there were three very small "heads": one on the headcovering, and one on each shoulder.

I've not seen this before, and would like to know more information, if possible.

Thank you,

John

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