Dormition of the Theotokos History
The Dormition of the Theotokos commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ’s mother, Mary, the Mother of Life. It proclaims that Mary has been “assumed” by God and that her spirit and body are now in his heavenly kingdom. It is a great feast in celebration of the falling-asleep of Theotokos which is preceded by a two-week fasting period in preparation. It is often referred to as the Assumption of Mary.
Dormition of the Theotokos is celebrated annually on 15 August. There is no known date when it was first celebrated, though it is presumed to have occurred for the first time between the first and fourth century.
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