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Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


Greek, ‘life-receiving’: an attribute of the tomb of Christ, the Zoodochos Taphos, which received Life itself, Christ. The tomb of Christ is the great symbol of his Resurrection and it is in this sense that the word is also used of the Zoodochos Pege shrine and monastery outside Constantinople. This title is also given to the theotokos , particularly with reference to the Zoodochos Pege. Miracles at the shrine are associated with several feasts, notably that celebrated on the Friday of Renewal Week. This shrine also figures in Greek folklore. Known as Balćklć, it survives as a pilgrimage centre and is the burial place of the more recent Ecumenical Patriarchs. The title applies to the Theotokos first because she receives Life himself into her womb, and second because, by tradition, she receives into her arms the body of the Crucified who is Life, when he is taken down from the Cross. In her dormition , as the Mother of Life, she passes over into life. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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