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Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


An iconographic type of the Virgin, showing her with arms outstretched, the Christ-child in a medallion encompassed by her bodily form as in the blachernitissa . The epithet, which means ‘wider than the heavens’, occurs in the hymn ‘In you rejoices’ (Greek: Epi soi chairei ) in the Divine Liturgy of St Basil, the phrase referring to the incarnation of the Divine Logos in the womb of the theotokos , who thereby encompasses him the heavens cannot contain. The Platytera is often found in the apse of churches. An icon type In You All Creation Rejoices also exists, portraying all creation celebrating the Mother of God. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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