The icon of The Descent into hades shows Christ as the Life-Giver. In it, Christ is seen trampling the gates of Hades, taking Adam and Eve by the hands and drawing them to life. This image is a reflection of the Resurrection Matins: “You have descended into the realm of Death, O Christ, and have broken the ancient bonds which held captives; and like Jonah from the whale, on the third day you rose from the tomb”. 1
1 Come Bless The Lord, GOD WITH US, Catechetical Series, 1976.