Dormition of the Theotokos

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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)

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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.

 

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