Dormition of the Mother of God. August 15.

Posted on August 18, 2017

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the
Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion – Tone 1)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life.
(Kontakion – Tone 2)

A“Mary becomes the first human person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of Christ’s mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgment. By her Assumption she goes ahead like her Son to prepare a place for us. Mary always seems to be the Advent of what is in store for man. She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven within her; she anticipates His Passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now in the last great Doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates heavenly glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least.” ~Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (World’s First Love)