Did the Virgin Mary
The very first question that arises staring at an ancient Byzantine icon of the Dormition representing the Virgin Marys body laying on a bed and Her figure raising above it, its if this picture, painted by a Mount Athos monk, indented to represent, with such a little convincing patterns, only Her Soul or Her entire Body as well. A religious inexperienced viewer would have his attention attracted by the abstract symbolism, while the pious viewer looking for cheap experiences would be contradicted by the archaic verism of the Virgin laying on a bed on the verge on expiring, like an ordinary woman.
"La liturgia del Miércoles de Ceniza no se
enfoca e la pecaminosidad del penitente, sino en la misericordia de Dios...
Las cenizas marcan todo nuestro ser con la misericordiosa bendición de
Dios" - Thomas