Feast of the Dormition

Icon of the Dormition by Theophan the Greek, 1392. The Theotokos is depicted lying on a bier, surrounded by the Twelve Apostles. At center, Christ is shown in a mandorla, swaddling the soul of the Virgin Mary (a red seraph is shown above His head). To either side of Him are depicted the Hieromartyrs Dionysius the Areopagite and Ignatius the God-Bearer who, according to tradition, are responsible for transmitting the account of the dormition.

SAN LUIS OBISPO – In the Byzantine Catholic Church, Monday, 15 August 2022 is the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Θεοτόκος) or Mother of God and a Holy Day of Obligation. (In the Roman Catholic Church, this feast is known as the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

“On this feast day, we celebrate Our Lady’s falling asleep and passing from this life to heaven. The icon of the feast shows that Our Lady has died. Her son Jesus is holding her soul in His hands and taking her up to heaven. St Thomas the Apostle was missing again. When he came after the funeral, he wanted to see her body. When they opened her coffin, it was not there but only the winding sheet and some accounts say there were flowers there as well. As a result, we bless flowers and herbs on this feast day to honor Our Lady, the most Holy Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary”.

The parish of Saint Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 222 E. Foothill Boulevard, will be celebrating this feast with three liturgies:

  • Great Vespers on Sunday, 14 August 2022 at 4pm (fulfills the obligation)
  • Divine Liturgy on Monday, 14 August 2022 at 10am
  • Divine Liturgy on Monday, 14 August 2022 at 6:30pm

Flowers and small herb plants will be blessed at the end of each of the three liturgies. Attendees are invited to bring flowers, a bouquet, etc., to be blessed.

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