Festival Of Ascension Of St. Mary.
- ..... The classical type of the Dormition in orthodox ikonography is
habitually limited to representing the Mother of God lying on Her
deathbed, in the midst of the Apostles, and Christ in glory receiving
in His arms the soul of His Mother. According to the Tradition, all
the apostles except Thomas were present at the funeral of the Virgin.
When he arrived he was taken to the tomb which then found to be
empty. The Ikonography usually does not depict any element of her
resurrection. However, sometimes there has been a desire to show
equally the moment of the bodily assumption: one then sees, at the
top of the ikon, above the scene of the Dormition, the Mother of God
seated on a throne in the mandorla that angels are carrying towards
the heavens. The depiction of the Theotokos enthroned with Christ as
co-redemptrix is not a part of the Orthodox Tradition. The multitude
of angels present at the Dormition ...forms an outer border around
the mandorla of Christ. The episode of Antonios, a fanatic who had
both hands cut off by the sword of an angel, for trying to disrupt
the funeral of the Mother of God, has his hands about to be restored
by the apostles.....
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Dormition please visit:- http://www.sspeterpaul.org/dormition.htm