On the upper band of the soffit on the northern arch, the choirs of the Elect appear. From west to east they are recognised as the Choir of the Hierarchs, the Choir of the Prophets, the Choir of the Blessed and the Choir of the Martyrs. These constitute the saints and the righteous.
Each panel contains twelve or thirteen figures depicted in full-length with their hands raised and facing north, towards the Paradise. Saint John Chrysostom and Basil, as authors of liturgies, lead the way of the hierarchs, while Gregory of Nazianzus follows them. A brown-haired and bearded figure, probably Moses, and an elder man, probably Elijah, are seen to be the most prominent personalities of the choir of the prophets. An anchorite and an elderly monk are depicted leading the saints, dressed in a straw garment and kukulion, cloak and analabos, respectively. The martyrs George and Theodore are portrayed in the first row on the panel of the blessed.
The depiction of the groups of the Elect in rows as an iconographic tradition has its roots in the middle Byzantine period which also survived in the Palaiologan era. It is unusual, though, that at Asinou the scenes of the Elect do not appear on the right side of the prepared throne but on the left. In any case, they are depicted according to the norm, on the right hand side of the Pantokrator and Christ the Merciful.


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Ioannides, Marinos, “Hierarchs, Prophets, Blessed and Martyrs,” Αψίδα, accessed October 14, 2019, https://apsida.cut.ac.cy/items/show/45321.