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3: Dormition of Theotokos

SERMON ON THE DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

St John of Kronstadt 01

By St John of Kronstadt “Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.” (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of ... Read More »

A STRANGE SCENE IN THE ICON OF THE DORMITION

Strange scene from Icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos

By John Sanidopoulos In many icons of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one can see a strange scene near the bottom: an angel invisibly cuts off the two hands of a certain man. What is the story behind this scene? Bewailing their separation from the Mother of God, the Apostles prepared to bury Her all-pure body. A solemn procession went ... Read More »

A transition to life: The Dormition of the Mother of God

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis)

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis) Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God, it’s as if we’re having Easter – the Easter of the summer. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing “from death to life”. A second Easter, holy spotless, life-giving for the human race, because today “the laws of nature are ... Read More »

ON THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

Epitaphion (burial shroud) of the Mother of God

By Jesse Dominick There are many feasts of the Mother of God, commemorating the events of her life, her intercessions for us after her death, and her innumerable miraculous icons. Her most significant and solemn feast is certainly her Dormition which includes her bodily Assumption, commemorated on August 15/28 and preceded by two weeks of fasting. The feast is often ... Read More »

THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS ICON

Nativity of the Theotokos icon 04

Together, the Great Feasts serve to tell us the story of the Incarnation, which has its climax in the centre of the year with the celebration of the “Feast of Feasts” – Pascha. It is therefore fitting that the first Great Feast of the Church year, which begins in September, is that of theNativity of the Theotokos. The early life ... Read More »

A Homily On The Dormition Of The Mother Of God

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

By Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica I thank the Lord and the Most Holy Mother of God that He has willed to embellish this feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos through the angelic voices of the children who sang so beautifully. This reminds me of the days of my youth, before the war, when I was a ... Read More »

THE DORMITION IS A TRIUMPH OF LIFE

Epitaphion (burial shroud) of the Mother of God

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today we celebrate the day of the Dormition, the repose of the Most Holy Virgin Mother of God. This is our patronal feast, but it is also the patronal feast of the whole Russian Church from ancient times. How can we celebrate the Dormition? ... Read More »

Dormition of the Theotokos

Unlike the Resurrection of Christ, the mysterious character of Mary’s death, burial and ascension were not the subject of apostolic teachings extant but were preserved in the oral tradition of the Church. 19 Aug 2014 – Neos Kosmos DEAN KALIMNIOU “If her Fruit, Whom none may comprehend, on Whose account she was called a heaven, submitted of His own will ... Read More »