Ikon Studios follows the ancient canons. The Twelve, who represent the Church because amongst them are St Paul and the Four Evangelists, sit as if in Council whilst the Holy Spirit descends on them. There is a space amongst them for Christ who is their absent, ascended head.
The king holding a sheet containing scrolls represents the Cosmos enveloped in the darkness of sin, awaiting salvation, the scrolls represent the teaching of the Apostles, which in a sense are already in the heart of the world but veiled by the sheet.
The artist here has rays of light emanating from the Church directed to their mission.
It is worth meditating on the relationship of the Church and its mission in this icon, the mission is central and yet the life of Church continues around it.