15 August 2009

The Dormition of the Theotokos

Today is one of the major feast days of the church year for the Roman, Orthodox and Anglo Catholic world. It was on this day that Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, fell asleep in the Lord. Tradition holds that her soul and body were assumed into heaven where she was crowned with the glory she earned as the God-bearer.

In the Roman Church today is known as The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In the Icon of the Dormition you will notice Jesus receiving the soul of his mother. Iconography is truly wonderful. Just see all the different things going on in this icon.

Below the bier is a figure of Antonius who tried to disrupt the procession, was punished, but later repented of his sins and embraced Christianity through Baptism. I have not, however, ever seen him depicted having his hands cut off.