The 8th Sunday of Matthew
The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary (August 15th)
This is what the Church has received from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time came that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared to her through an Angel that in three days He would translate her from this life to eternity. On hearing this, she went to the Mount of Olives, to pray. Giving thanks to God, she returned home and prepared what was necessary for her burial. While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles from and brought them to the house of the Mother of God. As a mother, she consoled them and then raised her hands to Heaven and prayed for the peace of the world. She blessed the Apostles, and, reclining upon her bed, gave up her all-holy spirit. The Apostles took up her body and brought it to the sepulchre, while the Angels chanted with them. When they reached Gethsemane, they buried the all-immaculate body of the Theotokos. On the third day after the burial, when they were eating and raised up the bread in Jesus’ Name, the Theotokos appeared saying “Rejoice”. From this they learned concerning the bodily translation of the Theotokos into the Heavens.
Parish Council on duty:
Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis, Harry Tangalakis, Mark Zaden