Theotokos of the Unburnt Bush

This icon is commemorated on September 4th but as I hope to post about the Virgin Mary each day during this Dormition Fast, I might as well share this with you now. I happened to come across this icon this morning, and it’s rather different from the traditional Unburnt Bush icon so I thought it was interesting.

Listen to what the Church says about the “burning bush”–or, as it is often called (as in this icon), the Unburnt Bush, with her hymns:

The miracle that Moses witnessed on Sinai in the burning bush
Foretold your virgin childbearing, O pure Mother.
We the faithful cry to you:
Rejoice, O truly living bush!
Rejoice, O holy mountain!
Rejoice, O sanctified expanse and most holy Theotokos!

—Troparion (Tone 1)

You showed Moses, O Christ God,
An image of your most pure Mother
In the bush that burned yet was not consumed,
For she herself was not consumed,
When she received in her womb the fire of divinity!
She remained incorrupt after her pure childbearing!
By her prayers, O greatly merciful One,
Deliver us from the flame of passions,
And preserve your people from all harm!

—Kontakion (Tone 4)

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