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Beneath Thy Protection
Sancta Dei Genitrix – the Theotokos
“It is truly fitting to call you blessed, the Theotokos, ever-blessed and wholly pure and the Mother of our God.” (the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom)

It is truly right to bless thee, O Theotokos,
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the cherubim,
and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim.
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify thee.
(from the Theotokion – hymn – to the Theotokos)


  • Željko Malagurski
    Željko Malagurskiover 4 years ago

    Very nice, Bernadette!

  • Thank you, Zeljko.

    – Bernadette Watts

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    lovely composition B! :)

  • Thanks, Yhun! It is actually lighter than it appears here… you can see more of the green in the actual photo.) Perhaps I’ve taken the Theotokos imagery a bit far – not something most Western Christians are exposed to outside of the Hail Mary, which is used primarily by Catholics.

    – Bernadette Watts

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesabout 4 years ago

    great detail – there is so much beautiful art in churches & cemetaries – great find:-)

  • Thank you, Jules

    – Bernadette Watts

  • Patricia127
    Patricia127about 4 years ago

    Lovely capture-her face is so sweet and gentle.

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 4 years ago

    this is gorgeous!

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 4 years ago

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Bernadette.

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture!

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