You can always rely on LBK regarding the icons subject You're knowledge is really amazing.LBK said:The above icon is inscribed Sobor (synaxis, assembly) of the Mother of God, and is the festal icon for the day after the Nativity of the Lord. The icon is also known as All Creation Rejoices in You, and is a visual counterpart to the hymn to the Mother of God of the same name, sung at the Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great:
All of creation rejoices in you, Lady full of grace,
The assembly of angels and the race of men.
O sanctified Temple and rational Paradise! O glory of virgins!
From you, God was incarnate and became a child, our God before the ages.
He made your body into a throne, and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens.
All of creation rejoices in you, Lady full of grace, glory to you.
The version Dominika has posted is simplified compared to most other compositions, but retains some of the features distinctive to this icon type: the magi presenting their gifts to the enthroned Mother and Child, the assembly of angels, and things of earth such as hills and vegetation. The two haloed saints in the lower half are St John of Damascus on the left, and St Kosmas of Maiuma, iconographers who wrote a great number of hymns to the Mother of God.
I knew the type of this icons and of which feast it is, however couldn't say all these special featus, so thank you
You wrote about the hymn to the Theotokos from st. Basil's Liturgy, so I have a question: is there any difference between the icons "Assembly of the Theotokos" (Sobor Bogorodici) and "All creation rejoices in you" ("O Tebe radujetsja")? Is it actually the same icon or they're distinct but with some differences?