Dormition of the Theotokos

Dormition of the Mother of God

Dormition of the Mother of God

Below you can view one of my favorite hymns which can be sung on the Dormition of the Most Holy
Mother of God.

(in the 5th tone)

Blessed art Thou, O Sovereign Lady; enlighten me with the light of thy Son

The assembly of angels was amazed, beholding Thee, O Most Pure One, among the dead: Thou Who didst give Thy soul into the hand of God, Thou in Godly glory didst depart with God into heaven.

Blessed art Thou, O Sovereign Lady; enlighten me with the light of thy Son

Why, O you preachers of God, do you mingle joy with tears? The Twin, enlightened from above, arrived and unto the apostles did cry: Behold the sash! and understand that the Virgin has risen from the grave!

Blessed art Thou, O Sovereign Lady; enlighten me with the light of thy Son

The disciple, O Sovereign Lady, who believed not in the resurrection of Thy Son, now does assure others of Thy rising, saying: The time for sorrow has come to an end; do not weep but announce the Virgin’s resurrection.

Blessed art Thou, O Sovereign Lady; enlighten me with the light of thy Son

Unto the God-bearing disciples gathered, weeping before Thy tomb, O Virgin, Thomas did appear and speak out, saying: Why do you number the living among the dead? For She has risen, as the birthgiver of God!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit

We worship the Father and also so His Son and the Holy Spirit: the Holy Trinity in one essence, crying with the Seraphim: Holy, holy, holy art Thou O Lord

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.

Having given birth unto the Giver of Life, Thou hast now gone unto ageless life. Rejoice, O Virgin: unto the disciples Thou didst give joy in place of sadness. On the third day Thou didst rise from the grave, O Virgin, just as did the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. (thrice)


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