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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
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Greek Festivals Guide for 2017 has been published by Holy Trinity.
Orthodox Tidbits Feast of the 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.
Continued: Holy Dormition
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