Brother i would expect her to look more orthodox in red and blue robes and with jesus continuously in her hands...she has rays shooting out of her hands as a mediatrix of all graces..i don't believe or accept it....For with out jesus she can do nothing....it like this apparition is centered on her.........Christ Has Risen.........
Sorry Stashko, but I do not find your arguments to be sound. Allow me to make a few points:
1. Why would you expect the Holy Virgin to appear in red and blue? Because she is depicted as such in her icons? Well, icons of the Holy Virgin are one thing, and the actual person of Holy Virgin is another. Icons portray certain things a certain way, not for the purpose of conveying a perfect reflection of the subject's reality, but for the purpose of telling us something theologically instructive about the subject's reality. For example, the three stars depicted on the Holy Virgin's robe are indicative of her ever-virginity, but I think it would be silly to determine the authenticity of an alleged apparition of the Holy Virgin upon the basis of whether or not, upon careful inspection, three stars are to be found on the Virgin's robe. According to eye-witness testimony, and indeed, as can be seen from actual photographs of the event, the Holy Virgin appeared in pure bright light. Maybe she was
wearing a red and blue robe...maybe she wasn't; if she was
, I doubt those colours would be detectable amidst that glorious and overwhelming light that accompanied her. Do you really expect the Mother of Light to appear without light? What do you think such light is indicative of? Is it not indicative of the same thing that the halo with which she is depicted in our icons is indicative of?
2. The Virgin appearing with the Child Jesus: There's not much to say apart from the fact there is simply no good reason why the Holy Virgin must appear with the Lord Christ in the course of any apparition. It's not like such a solo appearance is unprecedented (putting aside the scale of such events) either. It seems that your fear that such would detract from focus on the Lord Jesus stems from a paranoia against RC Mariological developments and eccentricities. The Virgin Mary did not appear over a Roman Catholic church, however. She appeared over an Orthodox church, and any wild misinterpretation of a solo appearance which might lead one to elevate the Holy Virgin beyond what is proper is, if not precluded by common sense, absolutely precluded within the context of the Orthodox Faith. As an aside, it might help you to know that in the course of her apparition she was observed to pay homage to the cross on top of the dome of the church over which she so appeared.
3. As far as I know, no one noted light coming from her hands in particular, and the photographs do not show that. She was seen wholly illuminated.
4. When it comes to miraculous phenomena, we are not, as laity, in the habit of relying on our own personal discretion and analsysis of the events. In fact, we are strongly discouraged from doing so (even, and particularly, when so doing inclines us to accept the authenticity of miraculous phenomena--the Church advises us to be prima facie skeptical; such a position is considered to reflect the "safer side"). Discerning the authenticity of any alleged miraculous phenomena is primarily a spiritual exercise (obviously because we are dealing with something that seems to be an expression of the spiritual realm); that is why we wait for the Holy Spirit to confirm/deny such authenticity through the voice of the Church. As far as the apparition at Zeitoun is concerned I don't think any Copt could ask for any greater security than knowing that it was approved by the Holy Synod, including the late and saintly Pope Kyrillos VI. Pope St Kyrillos' word would have been enough for me, as far as i'm personally concerned; God has worked undeniable wonders through this great Saint, and he has personally touched, even after his departure, almost every Coptic family in the world in one way or another.