St. John Maximovich: When the Church tells us in her hymns and icons . . .

St. John the Wonderworker 5” . . . when the Church tells us in her hymns and icons that the Apost­les were mira­culously gat­he­red from the ends of the earth in order to be pre­sent at the repose and burial of the Mot­her of God, we as Ort­ho­dox Chri­sti­ans are not free to deny this or rein­ter­pret it, but must believe as the Church hands it down to us, with sim­pli­city of heart.”

— St. John Maximovich, The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God