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[[Image: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]]. This feast, which is also sometimes called the Assumption, commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ's mother. It proclaims that Mary has been "assumed" by [[God]] into the heavenly kingdom of [[ChrisChrist]]t in the fullness of her spiritual and bodily existence.
==About the feast==
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.
As with the [[Nativity of the Theotokos|nativity of the Virgin]] and the feast of her [[Presentation of the Theotokos|entrance to the temple]], there are no biblical or historical sources for this feast. The Orthodox Church teaches that Mary is without personal sins{{fact}},<ref>[ Dormition of the Theotokos] ''The Orthodox Faith'' by the V. Rev. [[Thomas Hopko]]</ref><ref>Although St. [[John Maximovitch]] in [ Zeal Not According to Knowledge (Romans 10:2)] warns against the Roman Catholic doctrine of the [[Immaculate Conception]], he asserts that any sinlessness on Mary's part was ''not'' due to God's grace, which would belittle any triumph of the Theotokos over temptations: "The teaching that the Mother of God was preserved from original sin, as likewise the teaching that She was preserved by God's grace from personal sins, makes God unmerciful and unjust; because if God could preserve Mary from sin and purify Her before Her birth, then why does He not purify other men before their birth, but rather leaves them in sin? It follows likewise that God saves men apart from their will, predetermining certain ones before their birth to salvation." Indeed, St. John Maximovitch supports the teaching of her lack of personal sins: "However, even then, as Sts. [[Basil the Great]] and [[John Chrysostom]] speak of this [the cleansing of the Holy Spirit at Christ's birth], She was not placed in the state of being unable to sin, but continued to take care for Her salvation and overcame all temptations (St. John Chrysostom, ''Commentary on John'', Homily 85; St. Basil the Great, Epistle 160)."</ref> as well that Mary truly needed to be saved by Christ as all human persons are saved from the trials, sufferings , and death of this world. She truly died and was raised up by her Son as the Mother of Life and participates already in the eternal life of paradise. This life of paradise is prepared and promised to all who "hear the word of God and keep it." ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 11:27-28)
The dormition of the mother of the Theotokos, the [[Righteous]] [[Anna]], is celebrated on [[July 25]].
[[Divine Liturgy]] is served on the day on the feast. In some churches, it is the custom to bless flowers on this feast before the Liturgy. The [[Apostolos|epistle reading]] is from [[Philippians]] 2:5-11, and speaks of "Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men." The [[Gospels|gospel reading]] is taken from Luke 10:38-42 and 11:27-28 together; this reading is also always read on all feasts of the Theotokos. In it, the Lord says, "blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
[[Troparion]] (Tone 1) []
:For being the Mother of Life,
:She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.
===Forefeast hymns===
Troparion (Tone 4)
:And cries out to you, O Mother of God:
:"Rejoice, O Virgin, pride of Christians!"
<references />
*[ Dormition of the Theotokos] ''The Orthodox Faith'' by the V. Rev. [[Thomas Hopko]]
==External links==
*[ The Assumption (Dormition) of the Virgin], a descriptive commentary of festal [[icon]]s
*[ Icons of the Dormition of Mary]
*[ The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary] ([[OCA]] website*[ Dormition of the Theotokos] ''The Orthodox Faith'' by the V. Rev. [[Thomas Hopko]] )*[ AUGUST August 15: FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF OUR MOST HOLY LADYFeast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, THE THEOTOKOS AND EVERthe Theotokos and Ever-VIRGIN MARYVirgin Mary] - ([[GOARCH]] website)
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