I thought that It will be an appropriate beginning to our studies on "the Fathers of church" to talk and highlight upon the one of the theological stages of our church which belong to the lady the mother of God through study the icon of Dormition of Our Lady , the Mother of the Holy Fathers.
the icon of the Dormition of Our Lady (Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου ) That distinguish one of the most important manifestations of holiness among a very large group of saints and Fathers of the Church,
that appear clearly how disciples came to the location of the dormition where they were too far from that location with the angels to celebrate her Assumption into heaven
to understand the event we must split the topic of this Icon into three sections:
1- Mother of God, the girl child: (Μητέρα του Θεού, των κοριτσιών)
In the top section of this icon we see Jesus Christ in the middle, in his glory, having the spirit of his mother. Viewed the body of his mother and in his left hand holds what looks like a child wearing a white robe carrying a halo. The child is here, "the spirit of his mother the mother of light
2- The advent of the apostles and the believers: (Η έλευση των αποστόλων)
We see in this section of the Icon a reference to the miraculous Coming of the Apostles from of the end of the earth "in the clouds." We also find angels surrounding Christ with the four bishops of saints behind the apostles were: St. James (brother of the Lord) was the first bishop of Jerusalem, and three students of the apostles.
Appear in the latter part of the icon represents a group of women believers and stands with the Apostles and bishops to the small group that I have to see the secret of Dormition of the Mother of God.
3- His Holiness the body of the Mother of God: (σώμα Αυτού Αγιότητα της Μητέρας του Θεού)
Icon appears in the Jewish Athotios who dared to touch the coffin, cutting off his hands. This story drawn from the tradition and some apocryphal texts, which also stresses that the end of life and mystery of the Mother of God Church to maintain it may not be subjected to desecration by strangers can not awareness of the glory of the Dormition of the Virgin.
Glory to the Holy Trinity in his kingdom.
Editor: υπο-διάκονος. Camill Tannous
Orthodox Christianity for Theological Research and Patrimony of church