The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

15-08

On the Cross, the Lord charged the Apostle John to care for His holy Mother. The Apostle settled her in a house in Jerusalem, where she lived for the rest of her days on earth, praying and offering counsel and encouragement to the Apostles. In her old age, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that in three days’ time she would enter into her rest. Giving thanks to God, she hastened to the Mount of Oliveswhere she prayed continually, preparing herself to meet the Lord.

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 Meanwhile, the Apostles, scattered in various parts of the earth, were caught up in clouds and miraculously brought by the holy Angels to Jerusalem, so that they might all be with the Theotokos at her repose. After she had blessed them, she gave up her soul to God.

 The Apostles buried her with all honour, solemnity and joy at Gethsemane. The Apostle Thomas, who was delayed (again!) by God’s providence, arrived on the third day and went to her tomb, intending to honour her. But when the Apostles opened her grave, they found her holy body gone and only the winding-sheet remaining.

 That evening the Theotokos appeared to them surrounded by angels, and said to them, ‘Rejoice: I will be with you always!’. Thus they learned that she had been bodily translated to heaven, anticipating the general resurrection of all. Her age at her repose is not known, but many say that she was about sixty years old.

Troparion of The Dormition in Tone One

In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life.

 Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death

 


 

 

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