Dormition.jpg|right| frame|The Dormition of the Theotokos]]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 Catholic Church|Roman Catholicism]] calls the ''Assumption of Mary''. According to Orthodox [[Tradition]], [[Theotokos|Mary]] died like all humanity, "falling asleep," so to speak, as the name of the feast indicates. (Roman Catholic theologians are divided on the issue of whether Mary died. Today most would favor an actual death before the Assumption. ) The feast is preceded by 14 days of [[fasting]]; on these days, either the [[Great Paraklesis]] ( service of supplication) or the [[Small Paraklesis]] is celebrated.
The [[Apostles]] were miraculously summoned to this event, and all were present except [[Apostle Thomas|Thomas]] when Mary passed from this life. She was then buried.
Thomas arrived a few days later, and desiring to see her one more time, convinced the others to open her tomb. Upon doing so, the Apostles discovered that her body was no longer present. This event is seen as a firstfruits of the [[General Resurrection|resurrection of the faithful]] that will occur at the [[Second Coming]] of Christ. The event is normally called the ''Dormition'', though there are many Orthodox parishes in English-speaking countries with the name ''Assumption''. In Greek, ''Dormition'' is ''Koimisis''—falling asleep in death—from which the word ''cemetery'' derives.
The dormition of the mother of the Theotokos, the [[ Righteous]] Anna, is celebrated on [[ July 25]] .
*[http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/feasts/08-15.htm The Dormition of the Theotokos] from ''Orthodox Family Life''
*[http://www.rollins.edu/Foreign_Lang/Russian/assumpt.html The Assumption (Dormition) of the Virgin], a descriptive commentary of festal [[icon]]s