The title “Mother of God of Jerusalem” is not one of the most commonly recognized titles for Mary in Christian tradition. However, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is deeply connected to Jerusalem in several significant ways:
- Presentation at the Temple: According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, as was customary according to Jewish law. It was during this visit that the righteous Simeon and the prophetess Anna recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
- Passion and Crucifixion: Jerusalem is the city where Jesus underwent His Passion, was crucified, and was buried. Mary’s deep connection to these events is depicted in the Stations of the Cross, especially in the station where Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary.
- Pentecost: After the Ascension of Jesus, Mary was with the apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended upon them during Pentecost. This event marked the birth of the Church.
- Dormition: According to Eastern Christian tradition, Mary’s Dormition (or “falling asleep”) occurred in Jerusalem. This is analogous to the Assumption in Western Christianity, where Mary is believed to have been assumed body and soul into heaven. The Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem commemorates this event.
- Veneration: Mary’s connection to Jerusalem has led to her veneration at several sites throughout the city, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of the Dormition, and the Church of St. Anne (traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Mary).
If you’re referring to a specific icon, apparition, or devotion titled “Mother of God of Jerusalem,” this might be a more localized or specific devotion that isn’t widely recognized in the broader Christian tradition. In such a case, specific details might be found in local Christian communities in or around Jerusalem or among particular religious groups dedicated to this title.