have you met artisans whose work takes your breath away? last summer, i met Mr. Andreas Mazioutas who is a silversmith and works from his home. he had completed what may be his last piece of commissioned work, creating a silver cover for the icon of the Blessed Mother. it was an honor to be in his presence, and to photograph these amazing pieces of art: the iconograph as well as the replica in silver. just recently, the finished framed which the icon will be encased in was completed, in time for the August 15th celebration. the icon will be kept at the church of Zoodohos Peghe in Pelham Bay, Bronx NY. Father Silvester of the church, shared information about this icon:
[This] is the burial shroud of the Virgin Mary. The icon is an exact copy of the burial shroud that is kept at the church of ” Little Gesthemane” that is located in the proper of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. On August 12, at the second hour of the night, the abbot of the Gethsemane church celebrates Divine Liturgy. With the end of Liturgy, at the fourth hour of the morning, the abbot of Gesthemane, lifts the resplendent burial shroud in his hands and solemnly carries it in a procession called “Litania” beyond the church to Gethsemane proper where the Holy Sepulchre of the Mother of God is situated. The rite of the Burial of the Mother of God at Gethsemane begins customarily on the morning of August 14. A multitude of people with hierarchs and clergy at the head set off from the Jerusalem Patriarchate in sorrowful procession. Along the narrow alley-ways of the Holy City the funeral procession makes its way to Gethsemane. The procession, going along for about two hours, concludes with Lamentations at the Gethsemane church. In front of the altar, beyond the burial chamber of the Mother of God, is a raised-up spot, upon which rests the burial shroud of the Most Holy Mother of God among fragrant flowers and myrtle, with precious coverings. On the day of the Leave-taking of the feast (August 23), another solemn procession is made. On the return path, the holy burial shroud is carried by clergy led by the abbot of Gethsemane and placed again in the church of “Little Gesthemane” in Jerusalem.