Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2017)

The Theotokos is compassionate because she is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ who revealed to us the grace of God through His ministry and teaching. She carried the Compassionate Savior in her womb. In the Holy Scriptures we read how our Lord saw the physical and spiritual needs of many, and He had compassion. They were like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34). They were hungry, blind, sick, suffering and rejected. He felt and understood their struggles and needs, and in compassion He blessed their lives through the power of grace.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2016)

The Virgin Mary knew the voice of Christ because she shared a unique relationship with Him as His mother. She heard His voice from birth throughout His life and ministry; she heard His words as He grew; she marveled at His wisdom as a youth; she listened to His teaching; she was burdened with great sorrow when He cried out from the Cross; and she was filled with great joy following His resurrection and hearing His promises.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2015)

We commemorate today, on this blessed Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, the holy repose of the Mother of our Lord and seek her intercessions for deliverance, refuge, and salvation in Christ. From her resting place among the Saints she continues to radiate the grace of God offering solace and strength to those in need. Through her repose and her constant ministry on our behalf, the Theotokos shows the power of faith and the promise of life beyond death.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2014)

We commemorate this blessed Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, honoring and celebrating her faith in God and the witness of the miraculous power of grace in her life through her willing obedience to His will. As a result of the amazing level of personal holiness and the abundance of grace, the Theotokos offers us a superb example of a relationship with God and a deep connection with Him that is essential for our lives and the sacred institution of the family.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2013)

On this day of our commemoration of the Feast of the Dormition, our hearts are filled with hope as we reflect on the holy repose and miraculous translation of the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary. We have hope in Christ our Lord because the Theotokos offers us a superb witness of His power. Certainly, her calling to bear the Son of God was unique, but in all aspects of her life and death she offered a beautiful example of how the power and grace of God can transform us from death to life.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2012)

When we reflect on this extraordinary experience of the Apostles of our Lord, we can see how this blessed Feast and the witness of the Theotokos inspire us in our sacred work of sharing the Gospel.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2011)

On this blessed Feast of the Dormition, we honor the beautiful life and witness of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. In the services and hymns of this festal period we offer to all humanity a vibrant and joyous testimony of how she revealed the power of the grace of God and how she continues to show compassion upon all who seek solace, healing, and peace through her intercessions.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition (08/15/2010)

On this blessed feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, I greet you in the joy that we know through the life and intercessions of the Mother of our Lord. As witnessed by the hymn above and of all the services that we observe for this Feast, the commemoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos is not an occasion for mourning, expressing grief or feeling a sense of loss over the earthly departure of a close and cherished life. This is a feast of praise and celebration, filled with true joy.
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