Mary, the god-bearer, the mother of Christ, revered throughout the Christian world, and for many women, a living presence in their lives.

For Helen Hashram, living in a divided city, Mary affirms the values of tradition and community.

For Artemis Anastasiou, the figure of the Virgin has a more personal meaning. She believes Mary saved her life.

Tonight, in the city where Mary died, they will join with other women, some content to simply honour her, others driven by a deeper need.

For this is a ceremony of miracles, where one kiss can restore a limb or lift the anguish of childlessness…

This is the funeral of the mother of God.

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