Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, PA
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Wisdom of the Church Fathers and the Monastic Life
St. John ChrysostomSt. John Chrysostom
When an archer desires to shoot his arrows successfully, he first takes great pains over his posture and aligns himself accurately with his mark. It should be the same for you who are about to shoot the head of the wicked devil. Let us be concerned first for the good order of sensations and then for the good posture of inner thoughts.

St. John Chrysostom

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Services this week:
     8/19: Vespers — 6pm
     8/20: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
     8/23: Paraklesis — 7pm
     8/26: Vespers — 6pm
     8/27: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am

See the Sunday Bulletin for any additional reminders.

Pittsburgh Greek Festivals Guide for 2017 has been published by Holy Trinity.

Orthodox Tidbits — Feast of the Holy Dormition

Holy Dormition
On August 15th of each year (new calendar), the Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition of the Theotokos, or "The Falling Asleep of the Mother of God." Her departure from this earthly life is spoken of in this fashion because death is thought of as a transitory or "sleep-like" state in which the soul remains until the general resurrection and final judgment. Although the particulars surrounding the death of the Theotokos are not found in the Holy Bible, we have learned about them, as the Fifth Century Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Juvenal, has said, from our Holy Tradition.

The Falling Asleep of the Mother of God is found in the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite in the 1st century, as well as those of St. Epiphanius of Cyprus in the 4th century. And the account of her bodily ascent to Heaven was written of by Meliton, Bishop of Sardis, in the 2nd century.

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