Sunday, 14 August 2011

Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

Our Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the most important event of the Dormition of the Mother of God on 15th August.

Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos, this is what the Church has received from ancient times from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time drew nigh that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared unto her through an Angel that three days hence, He would translate her from this temporal life to eternity and bliss.

On hearing this, she went up with haste to the Mount of Olives, where she prayed continuously. Giving thanks to God, she returned to her house and prepared whatever was necessary for her burial.

While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles from the ends of the earth, where each one happened to be preaching, and brought them at once to the house of the Mother of God, who informed them of the cause of their sudden gathering.

As a mother, she consoled them in their affliction as was meet, and then raised her hands to Heaven and prayed for the peace of the world. She blessed the Apostles, and, reclining upon her bed with seemliness, gave up her all-holy spirit into the hands of her Son and God.

In our Parish we respect the Holy Mother of God very highly. On the eve of her Feast of the Dormition we celebrate Vespers and we chant Lamentations in her memory.

This is what we did this evening. Then at the end of the Holy Service we went around our neighbourhood in procession carrying her holy icon.

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