It is my understanding that the West tends to be silent concerning the physical death of Mary, while the East celebrates the bodily death of Mary in the Feast of the Dormition. Her soul was received into heaven, and after THREE days (like Our Lord) her body was taken to heaven as in the Feast of the Assumption.
Dan,That is the widely held belief of the Orthodox Church. The Assumption (dogma in the West) is only a theologumen in the East. But it is so widely held that it is not controversial. There are even some Orthodox churches named for the Assumption.In ICXCJohn
Who's the child that Jesus is holding? Or is that not a child?
Who's the child that Jesus is holding?That is the Theotokos.
I don't know very much about iconography, nor Orthodoxy, but I believe that Christ is holding the soul of the BVM - a soul is often depicted as a small child.Maybe someone knowledgeable could help us out here.
Tubbs is correct. Jesus is holding His mother's soul. That's the diff between East and West. The West believes Mary was assumed body AND soul.
"The east" believes she was assumed body and soul also, just not at the same time. However, this aspect of the dogma is not carefully delineated in the proclamation of Catholic dogma and there are many variances, even among western theologians/saints. I'm trying to find a source for a recent assertion made about St. Dominic, who supposedly embraced an eastern view. Yes, that is her swaddled soul.Here are some prayers from the Divine Liturgy:http://thedevoutlife.blogspot.com/2010/08/marys-entrance-into-heaven.html
Funny, I just went to a Byzantine Divine Liturgy today, and they had an image almost exactly like this one. It is beautiful!
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