O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deathless Queen, Free Us from Death!

The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the "Pascha of the Theotokos", her greatest feast and the end of her earthly life. Today the apostles were miraculously transported to Jerusalem to bid farewell to her. Today she was taken up to Heaven without suffering death, for since she is the Immacuate One and is free from the effects of the sin of Adam, she was not subject to either death or labor pains.

Today, O Theotokos, thine entrance in Heaven as its Queen, greater than the cherubim and more honorable than the seraphim, confounds heretics that deny thy purity, that thou wast ever-virgin and free from the sorrowful inheritance we have received from Adam, for God willed that thou wouldst bear the New Adam. Intercede for us now and bring the sinner back to the sight of the Face thou beholdest now again and restore her purity as thou art ever-pure and all-blameless.