Dormitiaanse van Theotokos (afrikaans)
Mother of God (Virgin Mary), Orthodox Church and African peoples (& Why the Orthodox Honor Mary)
Bikira Maria, Mama wa Mungu (swahili)
The Icon of the Theotokos
Icon from here
My soul doth magnify the Lord.To which we add:
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
More honorable than cherubim,We are her people. Glory to God!
And more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim,
Without corruption you gave birth to God the Word,
True Theotokos, we magnify you!
As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:29-31)Christ, in turn, spoke to the disciples about His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem, and Peter rebuked Him! The great scandal is always the scandal of the Cross. There is no path to true union with God that does not go through the Cross. This is true finally of all those who are transfigured as well as for all who hope to ever see a transfiguration.
|1. Christ appears in the center of the icon blessing with His right hand
and dressed in bright white robes (detail).
|4. The three Apostles who accompanied Christ to the moutain, Peter, John, and James, react to the vision of Christ's Transfiguration.|
|5. The garments of the Apostles are in state of disarray (detail).||6. The Apostle James reacts to the vision by falling to the ground and attempting to cover his eyes (detail).|