Dormition of the Theotokos


Today is the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one of the 12 Great Feasts of the church. This was the first time I had the privilege to attend the service, and thankfully I was able to go to both the vigil and the divine liturgy.

The vigil service especially is really beautiful, with echoes of the Good Friday service. The highlight is a procession of the Plaschanitsa around the church (a shroud with the image of the Theotokos on it, representing her body). The entire liturgy is full of solemnity and beauty.  I was not able to take any photos, but here is a photo from our sister church in Singapore (today was their church feast day-the name of the Singapore church is the Dormition of the Theotokos Russian Orthodox Church)


This photo is of the end of the procession, where we walk back into the church under the Plaschinitsa. The service feels like a funeral, and as with all Orthodox funerals, full of hope of the promise of the resurrection.