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About the feast
==About the feast==
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. She died as all people die, not "voluntarily" as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature which is indivisibly bound up with the corruption of this world. The feast was added to the Roman calendar in the seventh century as the ''Dormitio''. In the eighth century, the title was changed to the ''Assumptio'' (Assumption).
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.
The dormition of the mother of the Theotokos, the [[Righteous]] [[Anna]], is celebrated on [[July 25]].
 
==Celebration of the feast==
The feast is preceded by 14 days of strict [[fasting]], with the exceptions that fish is eaten on the Feast of the [[Transfiguration]] ([[August 6]]). On weekdays before the feast, either the [[Great Paraklesis]] (service of supplication) or the [[Small Paraklesis]] is celebrated.
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