The Dormition of the Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary August 27, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Orthodox Christianity.
Tags: Christianity, Dormition of the Theotokos, Eastern Orthodoxy, Mother of God, Orthodox Church, Theotokos, Virgin Mary
In giving birth, you preserved your virginity!
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos!
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death!
The main aspect of the Dormition Icon – to which all eyes are inevitably drawn – is the image of Christ in Glory holding the pure soul of Mary in His arms, shown as an infant.
The parallel between the image of the God-Man Jesus holding the child-like soul of Mary and the image of the Mother Mary holding the Christ-child in her own arms is, of course, deliberate.
The title of “God-bearer” is given to other Saints, such as St. Ignatius. To carry the Word of God, Jesus Christ, within us is the calling of all Christians: to bear Him spiritually within us during our lives, and shine with His glory.
The “reward” for this in our earthly life is suffering at the hands of enemies, even to the point of martyrdom, as in the case of St. Ignatius.Yet the reward after our repose is that God bears our soul into His own hands and carries us into eternity, as we carried Him, for just a short time.
You can find out more about the Dormition icon here