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Theotokos is from the Greek meaning The Mother of God. Theotokos gives birth to The Incarnate God in a cave used as a stable in Bethlehem. The iconography is based on the Gospel texts: Matt. 1:18-25,2:1-12, and Luke 2:5-20 and the apocryphal writing from The Gospel of James. The Mother of God and Her Protector, Joseph couldn’t find a place in the inn, when they came from Nazareth. The star of Bethlehem appears in the sky and gives off its ray of light. The shepherds have gathered to adore the Christ Child. Several symbols are used in this icon. The cave is a symbol of The Virgin, the ox and ass are associated with the prophecies of Isaiah: “The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib.” The prophet Isaiah is sometimes depicted as an old shepherd with pelts on his back. From the Gospel Luke 2:13, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and singing, Glory to God in the highest.” On the mountain side the three magi; Melechior, Caspar and Balthazar are following the star of Bethlehem. At the bottom of the icon we see an old shepherd with pelts on his back standing before Joseph, this old shepherd represents the prophet Isaiah. The other scene depicts The Christ Child being washed.

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