St. Nicholas is shown half length holding an open book of Gospels and delivering a blessing. In the upper half right and left are depicted Christ and Mary who are bringing him the gospelbook and the bishop’s omophorion – due to the legend- when he was in prison because of his faith.
St. Michael Archistrategos is depicted as the leader of the heavenly armies, crowned and riding upon a red winged horse. A rainbow extends over his head; a lance, a cross and a censer are in one hand; a book (the Gospels) and trumpet are in the other. Michael is shown defeating Satan, who has fallen at the base. At upper rleft Christ Immanuel.
The rare motif illustrates the Hymn of the Divine Liturgy, attributet to Emperor Justinian (527-565):
“Only Begotten Son and Immortal Word of God,
Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and ever virgin Mary,
Who without change didst become man and wast crucified, O Christ our God,
Trampling down death by death, Who art one of the Holy Trinity,
Glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit, save us.”
The hymn praises the true God as he revealed himself to be, and as he has offered salvation to mankind.
The subject bases on the Greek word „Deein“ (to beg, to pray) and means that the Mother of God and St. John the Baptist will pray to Christ for the lost souls at the Last Judgement. It also means the universal intercession of all Saints for the world and the vision of the heavenly glory in the coming eons.
St. John is depicted half length. He is holding a scroll and a basin with the new born Saviour in his left hand. The Saint lived as an asket in the desert where he nourished himself with locusts and wild honey. He announced the coming of the Messiah and baptised the people with water on the banks of Jordan as symbol for the salvation in the coming last judgement.