Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.
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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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The Dormition of the Theotokos - Exploring the Feasts of the Orthodox Christian Church

In this video, we focus on the commemoration of the death of the Virgin Mary. We learn about the special liturgical season surrounding this event, and the different elements in the Orthodox commemoration of it, as it closes the Church year.
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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 (08/15/2012)

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 (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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