The Dormition of the Theotokos - 15th August

Church tradition tells us that when Mary died, as all humans must, all the Apostles were present with the exception of Thomas.

When he arrived a few days later he asked to see her body and thus her tomb was opened and it was found her body was no longer present but had been assumed into Heaven, a foretaste of our own resurrection at Christ's second coming.

Thus Mary was saved by Christ her son and participates already in the life of paradise,
the life of paradise promised to all who hear the word of God and keep it.

Orthodox Christians observe a strict fast for fourteen days preceding this feast, excepting August the 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration when fish is allowed.

 

 

 

Troparion
In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.
Kontakion
Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb
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