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We have now celebrated the last Great Feast day of the Church year, the Dormition (lit., falling-asleep) of the Mother of God (Aug. 15).  At this feast we remember how the Virgin Mary, around 60 years of age, died in her body and was resurrected bodily three days later and assumed into heaven to be re-united with her soul to intercede continually for the world before her Son and our God, Jesus Christ.  Why did the Virgin Mary die a bodily death?  For the same reason her Son Jesus died in the body, by her falling-asleep in the body and subsequent resurrection, the Virgin Mary demonstrates the power of the Resurrection of Christ through faith in Christ.  Death holds no power over the faithful people of God of whom the Virgin Mary is the supreme example.

At her falling-asleep in the body, the Orthodox Church holds that all the Twelve Apostles were gathered to the Virgin Mary in witness of the fact.  They were witnesses to her bodily resurrection and assumption into heaven.  Thus there is no tomb of the Virgin Mary, no bodily relics.  She is with her Son and all the saints in the Kingdom of heaven.  According to the Scriptures, the saints "reign with Christ" (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:10; 20:6).  The Virgin Mary Birthgiver-of-God (Gk., Theotokos) is the foremost of the saints for she carried in her womb and gave birth to God the Word.  Therefore we magnify her and celebrate this great feast in honor of the life-giving power granted all Christians in Christ Jesus exemplified especially at the dormition of the Theotokos.

If you are interested in the Orthodox Faith, we welcome you to come and meet with us and pick up many interesting and informative pamplets that are available for you!  If you should have any questions please feel free to call me at the Church at (330) 372-3895.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fr. Jonathan

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