Friday, July 4, 2014

Why is this icon of Mary smiling? (Our lady of the smile - older than Mona Lisa! )


She smiles because, according to the orthodox, who venerate this icon, on the steps before one descends to the birthplace of Jesus ... ( below the main church of the nativity, where the deepest part of the shepherds cave was, where they kept their flock at night... )


She kept her newborn safe from the menacing tentacles of king Herod the great! 

The silver star and dark center stone is the place venerated as the birth of Jesus! She smiles!

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