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  Dormition of the Theotokos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Dormition of the Theotokos is the Eastern Orthodox commemoration of the "falling asleep" or death of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
(There is also the Dormition of Anna, Mary's mother.) The Orthodox believe that Mary, after spending her life after Pentecost supporting and serving the nascent Church, became ill. The apostles, scattered throughout the world, are said to have been miraculously transported to be at her side when she died.
The Dormition of the Theotokos is celebrated on August 15 (August 28 Old Style), the same calendar day as the Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
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 Encyclopedia: Dormition of the Theotokos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Theotokos Θεοτοκος is a Greek word usually translated "Mother of God." It literally means "parent of God" (literally, "whose offspring is god", a bahuvrihi compound of θεος "god" and τοκος "parturition, gestation, offspring", used synonymously is Μητηρ Θεου "Mother of God", often abbreviated to ΜΡ ΘΥ).
The title "Theotokos" continues to be used frequently in the hymns of the Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox churches.
The Dormition of the Theotokos is the Eastern Orthodox as well as the Eastern Catholic commemoration of the "falling asleep" or death of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
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 Middle East Open Encyclopedia: Theotokos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Theotokos (Greek Θεοτόκος) is a title of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The expression "Mother of God" or "Birth-giver of God" should not be understood in the eternal sense; that is, Mary is not understood as having eternally given birth to God the Son in the same way that he is eternally begotten by God the Father (see Holy Trinity and Nicene Creed).
The use of Theotokos was formally affirmed at the Third Ecumenical Council held at Ephesus in 431.
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 A Sermon Preached on the Dormition of the Theotokos
So the Theotokos is the pattern for all of us, whether we are called to live in the world or to enter a monastery.
In the 7th century, however, the Byzantine Emperor Maurice decreed that the Dormition was to be celebrated everywhere on August 15, Later the Pope adopted the same date for the feast in the West, and it has been celebrated on that date in both East and West ever since.
Dormition means "falling asleep", which is of course just a metaphorical way of saying "death".
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The Dormition of the Theotokos is presented on the west wall, while the Last Supper, Washing the Feet, and Trial of Christ are on the south wall.
Fragments of the scenes: the Divine Liturgy, Communion of the Disciples and the monumental Theotokos in Prayer are preserved in the altar apse.
The Theotokos of Ljevis is a parish church.
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The details of the celebration of the feast of the Dormition, especially those revealed in its hymns, are based on an apocryphal narrative concerning the circumstances of the death of the Theotokos, which goes back to Saint John the Theologian, the beloved disciple of the Lord in whose care the All-Holy Theotokos had been entrusted.
It tells us that the All-Holy Theotokos was visited by the Archangel Gabriel and foretold about her approaching death; that thereupon the Theotokos returned to her home and prepared for this event, praying at the same time that the Apostles should be notified accordingly.
Finally Orthodox Christians pray to the All-Holy Theotokos for salvation, not in the sense that she is the primary cause of salvation, for this belongs to Christ Alone, but in the sense that she mediates through her maternal boldness and prayers to the Lord for Christians as her spiritual children.
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 Dormition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The feast of the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Mother of God), known is the West under the name of the Assumption, comprises two distinct but inseparable moments for the faith of the Church: firstly, the Death and Burial, and second, the Resurrection and Ascension of the Mother of God.
The classical type of the Dormition in orthodox ikonography is habitually limited to representing the Mother of God lying on Her deathbed, in the midst of the Apostles, and Christ in glory receiving in His arms the soul of His Mother.
The depiction of the Theotokos enthroned with Christ as co-redemptrix is not a part of the Orthodox Tradition.
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 Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos
The Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos recalls the physical glorification of Mary as she shares in the resurrection life of her Son, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When, at her death (or falling asleep, that is, dormition), Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christrist received her body and soul into heaven, He in a way gave all humanity a preview of the transfiguration that awaits all of us in the Kingdom to come.
The Paraclisis is said during the two weeks before the Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos, from August 1 to August 14.
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The bodily assumption of the Theotokos was confirmed by the message of an angel and by her appearance to the Apostles.
The commemoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos and the preparation for the Feast begin on August 1 with a period of fasting.
The Feast of the Dormition is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom which is conducted on the morning of the Feast and preceded by a Matins (Orthros) service.
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 St. Irene Chrysovalantou l Calendar l The Dormition of Theotokos
The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated with special solemnity at Gethsemane, the place of Her burial.
Accounts have been preserved, that at the end of the seventh century a church had been built atop the underground church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, and that from its high bell-tower could be seen the dome of the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord.
The church of the Dormition of the Theotokos has the following dimensions: in length it is 48 arshin, and in breadth 8 arshin [1 arshin = 28 inches].
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 Assumption of Mary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15, the same calendar day as the Eastern Orthodox Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.
The Dormition should not be confused with the Assumption: Eastern Orthodox believe that Mary died, and there is a non-dogmatic tradition that her dead body was later assumed into heaven as a foretaste of the general resurrection.
For Roman Catholics, the Assumption is a dogma, and whether or not Mary actually died beforehand is left open to the individual.
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 Sesson 4 (Junior) - The Theotokos FOCUS Unit - Department of Christian Education - Orthodox Church in America
Briefly retell the story of the Dormition, including the apostles' eagerness to be with the Theotokos as she was dying.
When he heard that the beloved Theotokos was dying, he rushed to get back to be with her and with his brother apostles.
Tell the class: When we celebrate the feast of the Dormition we celebrate the funeral of the Theotokos and her presence in heaven with Christ.
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 Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos
This is one of the best articles on the internet explaining Orthodox belief about Mary, the Theotokos, as compared with dogmas about her in other churches.
Adapted from The Ever-Virginity of Mary, the Title Theotokos, and the Veneration Shown to Her, by Bishop Lazar Puhalo, Synaxis Press.
From The Ever-Virginity of Mary, The Title Theotokos, and The Veneration shown to Her, by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Synaxis Press, pp.
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 Sesson 5 (Junior) - The Theotokos FOCUS Unit - Department of Christian Education - Orthodox Church in America
Discuss icons of the Theotokos with which the students might be familiar, in their homes, in the church, from other lessons.
Identify the icons of the Theotokos in Orthodox churches that the students are familiar with.
Seeing this as a sign of the Theotokos' protection, the monks decided not to abandon the monastery, begging the Theotokos to spare them and their beloved spiritual home.
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 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, WA
Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos, this is what the Church has received from ancient times from the tradition of the Fathers.
When the time drew nigh that our Saviour was well pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared unto her through an Angel that three days hence, He would translate her from this temporal life to eternity and bliss.
But on the third day after the burial, when they were eating together, and raised up the artos (bread) in Jesus' Name, as was their custom, the Theotokos appeared in the air, saying "Rejoice" to them.
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 Dormition (Keemeesis) of the Theotokos
The sacred Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos marks her repose, which was followed by the translation of her sacred body three days later into heaven.
The Dormition of the Theotokos took place while Apostle Thomas was preaching the gospel in India.
Neither the tomb nor death had power over the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in her prayers and in whose intercessions lies unfailing hope.
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 Introdouction: Sm. & Gr. Paraklesis, Dormition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The texts have been poetically and metrically rendered, using, as a rule, contemporary grammar and spelling, for it is the conviction of the translator that today the current form of literary American English conveys the meaning and spirit of the original texts better than the older form of English used by others.
This does not exclude the possibility of their being performed according to other systems of chant; however, in such a case the musical line endings indicated by asterisks may be ignored in favor of a strict adherence to punctuation.
In translating the canons of the Feast of the Dormition, the Eortodromion (in Greek) by St. Nikodemos was consulted for a fuller understanding of the troparia.
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 Dormition of the Theotokos - August 15
Proverbs 9:1-11: This reading is used for the Nativity of Mary, the Annunciation and the Dormition, and speaks of Wisdom building her house.
The Epistle lesson used for the Nativity of Mary and the Dormition is Philippians 2:5-11.
The Gospel lesson of the Nativity of Mary, the Presentation of Mary in the Temple and the Dormition is Luke 10:38-42 and Luke 11:27-28.
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 A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
Therefore, the death of the Theotokos was also life-bearing, translating her into a celestial and immortal life and its commemoration is a joyful event and festivity for the entire world.
All the while the Lord Sabaoth Himself, the Son of the Ever-Virgin, was present, into Whose hands she rendered her divinely-minded spirit, through which and with which its companion, her body, was translated into the domain of celestial and endless life, even as was and is fitting.
The strips of linen and the burial clothes afford the apostles a demonstration of the Theotokos' resurrection from the dead, since they remained alone in the tomb and at the apostles' scrutiny they were found there, even as it had been with the Master.
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 Icon Library
Theotokos of the Monastery of the Caves, 1299
Theotokos of the Monastery of the Caves, 16th Century
Theotokos with the Instruments of the Passion, 16th Century
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 Eastern Orthodox Forum - Fasting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
It runs from the 1st to the 14th of August, with the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on the 15th.
Yes, Athanasius, this is the Fast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - one of the "biggies".
It is also noteworthy that we fast for the Annunciation during Lent, and the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple during the Nativity Fast.
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 Holy Cross Online - The Dormition of the Theotokos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
So, to consider the meaning of the Dormition of the Theotokos, we will need to be able to descend into some of that inner meaning, visible to the faithful, but not to the world in general.
To begin, we should portray those qualities of the Theotokos that made her worthy of all the honor that we give her.
In death, the holy ark, the Theotokos, is accompanied by the angels to the heavenly realm.
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 Dormition - OrthodoxWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on August 15.
The Orthodox feast of the Dormition is very similar to what Roman Catholicism calls the Assumption of Mary.
The dormition of the mother of the Theotokos, the Righteous Anna, is celebrated on July 25.
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 The Dormition of the Theotokos
The Feast of the Dormition or FallingAsleep of the Theotokos commemorates the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ's mother.
Church tradition relates that the Theotokos was resurrected bodily and taken to heaven, the same reward that awaits all the righteous on the Last Day.
The Theotokos is depicted upon the funeral bier.
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 OCA - The Orthodox Faith
The feast of the Dormition or Falling-asleep of the Theotokos is celebrated on the fifteenth of August, preceded by a two-week fast.
Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
Thus, the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos is the celebration of the fact that all men are "highly exalted" in the blessedness of the victorious Christ, and that this high exaltation has already been accomplished in Mary the Theotokos.
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 The Orthodox Web Site for information about the faith, life and worship of the Orthodox Church
On account of the lack of a primary witness in Scripture, however, the Dormition (Assumption) is not part of the public dogma of the Orthodox Church, (in the way it is with the Roman Catholic Church for example).
Quite the contrary; the repose of the Theotokos is a great source of consolation and hope to us that we, with her, may enter the glory of the resurrection of her Son.
The Dormition celebrates the great promise of the gospel that we may be glorified in Christ by living and dying well in the Faith and Life of the Church.
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 Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
“Dormition” is an English word that expresses what the Greek word “Koimesis” means, that is the “falling asleep,” or death of the Theotokos.
The earliest Feast of the Theotokos, as it is for nearly all saints, is the remembrance of the day when she passed on into the eternal life of God’s Kingdom.
PROSFORON BAKERS: Anonymous 8/1; Connie Mourgides 8/6 (Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ); Gloria Vardakis 8/8; Argyris and Carol Gymnaos 8/15 (Dormition of the Theotokos); Presbytera Emily Harakas 8/22; Fran Mather 8/29; Fran Triantafilon 9/5; George Nikas 9/12.
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 The Faith Bulletin, no 31
The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos is the crown of all the feasts dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary.
The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos reminds us of the value of this life, but also of eternal life.
May the Theotokos guide us all and make us worthy to be called children of the Heavenly Father.
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 Reflection on the Dormition of the Theotokos
A Reflection on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15)
The we re-live all the events she lived through: the Annunciation, the Birth of Christ-God at Christmas, the Holy Baptism in the Jordan, the public ministry of Christ, the Passion, the Cross, the Tomb, the Resurrection, the Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Our emphasis on the 'Dormition' of the Virgin, that is, her passing from life to death to eternal life in Christ parallels our approach to the Resurrection of Christ.
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 The Holy Mother of God
Thus, the dormition of the Mother of God is not a sad event, but a joyous one.
Only three days did the Most-pure body of the Theotokos, buried by the apostles in Gethsemane, remain in the tomb, only three days did it stay there, and afterwards it was resurrected by the Lord and united with Her soul, and She was taken up together with Her body into heaven.
Such are the comforting truths which the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos brings us: it assures us that Christ the Saviour, born from the Most-pure Virgin Mary, removed from us the curse of our sins and granted to all of us resurrection from the dead on the last day of the world.
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