I don’t know how many of you gaze at icons, but there’s an aspect of the Orthodox depiction of the Dormition that I’ve somehow missed all these years, and in noticing this one, I find delightful.
The child-like figure in white? It represents the soul of the Blessed Virgin.
Jesus’ hands are not bare, as the Virgin’s are when she holds him as a child. He’s not really gesturing toward her, as both figures are looking at the believer. What might they be saying to us, asking of us?