"THE DORMITION OF THEOTOKOS " byzantine icon.
(The body of falling asleep Theotokos with a Messenger Angel)
Title: The Dormition of Theotokos ( The body of falling asleep Theotokos
with a Messenger Angel ( Seraph with a scroll).
Greek title: Η Κοίμησις της Θεοτόκου (Το σώμα της Θεοτόκου)
Medium: Egg tempera on canvas attached to wood , gold leaf , stones pearls & decorative designs on the halo and on gold leaf .
Feast day: August 15
The body of Theotokos lies on her funeral bier and is like sleeping peacefully .
Around her funeral bier is written with blue Greek letters a quote from the hymn (in Greek απολυτίκιον) of the Dormition of Theotokos (August 15) : EΝ ΤΗ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΕΙ ΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΘΕΝΙΑΝ ΕΦΥΛΑΞΑΣ ΕΝ ΤΗ ΚΟΙΜΗΣΕΙ ΤΟΝ ΚΟΣΜΟΝ ΟΥ ΚΑΤΕΛΙΠΕΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΕ ΜΕΤΕΣΤΗΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΗΝ ΖΩΗΝ.. (In giving birth, you preserved your virginity. In falling asleep you did not forsake the world ,O Theotokos, you were translated to life..)
An Angel Messenger (Seraph) is present by her side representing all the Highest Powers of Heaven and glorify the Mother of God with an open long scroll by his left hand with the Angelic salutation in Greek: ``ΚΕΧΑΡΙΤΩΜΕΝΗ ΧΑΙΡΕ Ο ΚΥΡΙΟΣ ΜΕΤΑ ΣΟΥ .Ο ΠΑΡΕΧΩΝ ΤΩ ΚΟΣΜΩ ΔΙΑ ΣΟΥ ΤΟ ΜΕΓΑ ΕΛΕΟΣ ( Rejoice,O full of Grace ,the Lord is with you. He that grants the world great mercy through you.) The Mother of God seems to greet the Angel with a
right hand salute and falling asleep ...translated to life!
This icon The holy body of the Falling asleep Theotokos and is a processional icon and usually is the centerpiece in urban procession (litania/λιτανεία) in the Vespers of the most beloved Christian Feast known as the "Easter of the summer" which is the Dormition and Assumpion of Holy Theotokos at August 15 in Orthodox Churches.
BYZANTINE GREEK ICONS
Procession icon at the feast of Dormition of Theotokos at August 15th.
Greek Orthodox Church "Panagia-Annunciation of the Virgin Mary" Toronto, Canada.