Icon 'Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos' (15th cent.)

Icon 'Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos' (15th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.
Mock gold.

Feast day: August 28 (Gregorian calendar), August 15 (Julian calendar) 

The icon is dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. This is one of the Twelve Great Feasts, celebrated from 4th cent. on. The Saviour summoned all the Apostles but Thomas at the Theotokos' bed. 'The Saviour met everyone in His glory and made His Mother dwell with Him' the term 'Dormition' means repose like in a dream, a transition from earth to heaven. The haloed Saints on her sides are the Lord's brother James, the Bishop of Jerusalem, on the left, and Hierotheus, St. Paul's disciple, on the right. The body of the Most Holy Mother of God was buried in the garden of Gethsemane, nest to Her parents. St. Thomas arrived in Jerusalem on the third day after Her Dormition and asked for the cave to be open so that he could see Her, but there was no body there, only the cloth shroud. 

Troparion, Tone 1: O Mother of God Who preservedst Thy virginity in Nativity, didst Thou not leave the world in Thy Dormition, reposing to life, o Mother of Life, but deliver our souls from death.

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