‘At your deathless Dormition’, plagial tone two (Choir of Vatopaidi)

‘At your deathless Dormition’, plagial tone two (Choir of Vatopaidi)

The Choir of the Fathers of Vatopaidi sing the Doxastiko at Lauds for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, in plagial tone two. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the...

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The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life [2]

The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life [2]

Elder Efraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, the Holy Mountain   After the Lord’s Resurrection, it was Our Most Holy Lady who was the support of the Apostles and the newly-founded Church of Christ. It was she who taught the new Christians, guided them and comforted...

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The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life

The Dormition of the Mother of God – Transition to Life

Elder Efraim, Abbot of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, the Holy Mountain   Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God it’s as though we have Easter again. The summer Easter. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing ‘from...

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Our Mother Who Art in Heaven

Our Mother Who Art in Heaven

Now that I have your attention with the radically unusual title you see above, I want to assure you that no prayer within the corpus of Orthodox Christian writings begins with these words. The ‘paternal’ version of the “Our Father” prayer is well known to us all; and yet during...

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The Holy Dormition of our Most Pure Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

The Holy Dormition of our Most Pure Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

Saint Gregory Palamas   If ‘the death of the saints is precious and the memory of the righteous is blessed’, with how much greater praise should we keep the memory of the ‘saint of the saints’ through whom the whole of sanctity came to them, that is the memory of...

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Celebrating the Sweetness of the Theotokos

Celebrating the Sweetness of the Theotokos

It’s hard to believe we are almost at the Feast of the Dormition. Always, the Dormition Fast seems to arrive unexpectedly, dropping into the hot summer sloth of barbecued chicken, flank steak, frozen margaritas, and big bowls of dip and queso. (I think of December and March as the time...

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The Elevation of the Bread in Honour of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Elevation of the Bread in Honour of the Most Holy Mother of God

Saint Maximos the Greek   The Only-Begotten Son and Word of God, who became a human person for us (though He was sinless), voluntarily underwent the crucifixion, death and burial so that our human nature, which the father of evil had caused to be cast out of paradise in olden...

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Paraklesis and Finding Refuge in the Theotokos

Paraklesis and Finding Refuge in the Theotokos

In preparation for the Dormition, a supplication to the Theotokos called the Paraklesis is often chanted. (A longer title is “The Paraklesis Service with the Little Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos.”) Father Thomas Hopko tells us paraklesis means comfort and encouragement. This beautiful service implores the Mother of God to...

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Serbs Are Blocked from Pilgrimage to Mother of God Hodigetria

Serbs Are Blocked from Pilgrimage to Mother of God Hodigetria

29. August 2016 On 28 August 2016, according to news agencies, the Albanians, mostly residents of Musutiste, blocked the road that leads to a ruined church of the Mother of God Hodigetria, on which foundations the displaced Serbs wanted to attend the Liturgy on the occasion of the feast day...

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Celebrating the Dormition of the Virgin Mary

Celebrating the Dormition of the Virgin Mary

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines the week of Friday, August 19, 2016. Celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary First Up, one...

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