Friday, August 15, 2014

The Dormition of the Theotokos

The Dormition of the Theotokos, of the Mother of God, is also known as the Easter of the summer and as the second or small Easter. During the Divine Liturgy we chant the Kontakion of the festivity of the day:
‘Nor tomb nor death overpowered the Mother of God, unsleeping in her prayers, unfailing hope in intercession; for as Mother of Life she has been taken over into life by him who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb.’

The Virgin Mary, being the Mother of God, is also our Mother, who unceasingly intercedes for us all, for our wellbeing and for our salvation. In her person we have the best example of the unity between God and man, of the Creator and the created world. She was the person who gave herself in order to bring God to this world, who gave the human nature to the Logos of God. She is the greatest example of how, through obedience, love and trust to God, we are able to give birth to God within our hearts. She is truly a perfect prototype of the perfect relationship man should have towards his Creator. 

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