The Soul Of Mary

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?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to The Soul Of Mary

  1. Liam says:

    Yes. You can also find it in late medieval depictions of the Dormition in Western European art, too (above the bed of the Virgin, a mandorla or aperture in Heaven, with Christ welcoming his Mother in very small form), though casual viewing may make it easy to miss.

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