BYZANTINE GREEK ICONS
"The Dormition of Theotokos " Βyzantine Greek holy icon.
Around the Saviour standing angels looking his glory and above His head stands with open hands a red-golden angel cherouvim.The word "Angelos" is Greek and means "Who is sent" or "Messenger".This name is given to them by God because of the function of serving the Human race to be saved.This angel stand around God's throne in fear and great respect of His glory, they contemplate God and is in a continuous attraction (eros) and "ecstasy " to God's extent that they forget themselves... Their communion with the Holy Spirit is continuous.
The Dormition of Theotokos icon. The Virgin Mary and Mother of God lies on her funeral bier with the disciples gathered around her .Saint John to whom Christ especially entrusted his mother leans close by her head with Christ standing behind him holding her soul represented usually as a child in swanding cloths, but in this icon Theotoko's soul represented as a child with the same cloths but with wings meaning her soul is pure like an angel and is ready to fly in Heavens. The Mother of God has falling asleep amidst a mourning crowd.
Saint Peter on the right swinging a cencer and St Paul kneeling at her feet.Saint John the beloved of Christ standing above her head and Saint Andrew with open hands on the left kneeling at her bier close to her feet.Four Angels looking and waiting to receive Her all luminous soul from Christ's arms.The two houses in the back ground represent Jerusalem, by tradition.Also the right building is a reminder of the symbolism of Mary at the representation of the Church ,the New Temple of Jerusalem.The Dormition depicts the death or "falling asleep of Mary the mother of God .Tradition related that when her death grew near ,angels brought the Apostles from different parts of the World to be present at her side. Christ the Saviour stands behind his mother in an aureola (mandorla) surrounded by a different ranks of Angels.Christ came from Heaven to Jerusalem look the doors of Heaven are still open waiting to receive The Mother's of God all lumminus Soul and in this icon just appeared to receive his mother's soul.The Saviour Jesus Chris supported by a Seraph golden fire with open hands above His head painted with red and golden color looks like golden fire which means this Angel (πυρίμορφον Σεραφείμ) is close to the throne of God.Right and left you can see the 12 Apostles mourning figures and above the figures of the two saints Ierotheos and Dionysius bishops of Athens with Gospels at their hands. A fanatical Jewish priest named Iefoniyas stands before the bier on which Mary lies daring attempting to push it over ,he has his hands cut off by a sword wielding Angel (Michael).
Title: The Dormition of Theotokos Mother of God Virgin Mary.
Greek title: H Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου
Feast day: August 15.
"THE DORMITION OF THEOTOKOS " Μodern Byzantine Greek icon.
"Η ΚΟΙΜΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ" Βυζαντινή σύγχρονη Ελληνική εικόνα.