Dormition of the Theotokos

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AKA NameDormition of the Mother of God, Assumption of Mary, Κοίμησις Θεοτόκου, Adormirea Maicii Domnului/Sfânta Maria Mare
2020 Date15 August 2020
2021 Date15 August 2021
Dormition of the Theotokos

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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Dormition of the Theotokos Facts & Quotes

  • The Armenian Apostolic Church refers to this holiday as Feasts of Mary and celebrates it on the nearest Sunday to August 15.
  • It is the customary of some churches to bless flowers on the feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos.
  • There are no biblical or historical sources to support the feast. The tradition of the church simply maintains that Mary died by the necessity of her mortal human nature.
  • The earliest known celebration of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos is between the first and fourth century, though there is no surviving documentation to prove this. The first real evidence that the feast was observed was in Jerusalem after the Council of Ephesus, which took place in the year 431.
  • Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.– Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Dormition of the Theotokos Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend mass on the day of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos. In the weekdays preceding the day, Paraklesis services are held at most Orthodox parishes in preparation for the day.
  • Watch a movie about Christianity or fasting. Some of our favourites are: The Passion of the Christ (2004), God’s Not Dead (2014), and The Grace Card (2010).
  • Host a feast at home. Invite over your family and friends and prepare an Orthodox meal for the celebration. Make sure that you have an icon of the Dormition of Theotokos placed somewhere in the room for the celebration. Typically, meats, dairy, oil and wine, all banned throughout fasting periods, are served to break the fast.
  • Sing one of the hymns of the feast. Apolytikion and Kontakion can both be heard on this day.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #DormitionoftheTheotokos, #VirginMary and #DormitionoftheMotherofLife.

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