Two icons were dedicated on 25 March 1994 in the nave and are displayed on pillars not far from the grave of the Unknown Warrior.
They were introduced to provide a prominent Christian symbol to remind visitors of the Abbey's principal function as a working and worshipping Church and to provide a point where votive candles, first introduced during the period preceding the Gulf War in 1990, could be lit and prayers said.
The artist was Russian Sergei Federov (b.1958) and the two panels of egg tempera and gold on wood represent the Mother of God with the Christ Child and Christ himself. They bear the features of an 11th century Byzantine style.
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