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“What’s that to me?” (Vladimir Grigorenko, 21st century American iconographer who was told he gave up fame and ‘a lot of money’ by refusing to paint a ‘secular’ icon of a living person for Time magazine) [Witness]

Antique Russian Icon depicting Christ Pantocrator, 19th century | Theotokos | "Called in the Gospels "the mother of Jesus", Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as "the mother of my Lord". In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly "Mother o...