"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me" (Isaiah 49:16). says the Lord God. How much consolation and life are contained in these gracious words of the Almighty and Provident God! Therefore pray before the icon of the Saviour as before Himself. The Lover of men is present in it by His grace, and with the eyes depicted in it really looks at you: "The eyes of the Lord are in every place" (Proverbs 15:3), while with His ears as represented on the icon, He hears you. But remember that His eyes are the eyes of God, and His ears are the ears of the omnipresent God.
- John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ