Discourse on the Theotokos

by Cyril of Jerusalem THE TWENTIETH EXPLANATION WHICH THE HOLY PATRIARCH, APA CYRIL, ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM, COMPOSED ON THE LIFE OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS MARY.  AND HE DECLARED ALSO THAT HER PARENTS WERE A MAN AND A WOMAN, LIKE THE PARENTS OF EVERY OTHER PERSON.  AND HE SPAKE ALSO CONCERNING THE DAY WHEREIN SHE WENT […]

Homily on the Dormition

by Theodosius of Alexandria THE FALLING ASLEEP OF MARY Discourse of Theodosius.  A discourse which our thrice blessed father Abba Theodosius, the archbishop of Alexandria and the confessor who bore Christ, delivered. Now he delivered it concerning the assumption of the Lady of us all, the holy God-bearer Mary, on the sixteenth of the month […]

The Passing of Blessed Mary

by Melito of Sardis (d. 180 a.d.) This text preserves an early version of the Virgin’s Dormition, and perhaps the earliest known in Latin.  It is dated by most scholars to sometime in the fifth century.  The narrative’s location of Mary’s house on the Mount of Olives particularly suggests an early date, since this is […]

A Great Sign

Sermon by Fr. Matthew Baker Notes for a sermon delivered during Great Vespers, Dormition of the Theotokos, 2014 Today we celebrate a great and joyous solemnity: the falling asleep of the Mother of God in Jerusalem, and her bodily translation into glory. “The Whole Mystery of the Economy” The readings this evening – from Genesis, […]

Sermon on the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

by St. John of Kronstadt “Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.” (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on […]

Homily On The Dormition

By St. Luke of Simferopol Each of us is tormented with the question: what will happen to us and what awaits us after death? A sure answer to this question we cannot find by ourselves. But Holy Scripture, and first of all the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, reveals the secret to us. It […]

Sermon 3 on the Dormition

by St. John of Damascus Our venerable and God-bearing Father John of Damascus was also known as John Damascene, Chrysorrhoas, “streaming with gold,” (i.e., the golden speaker). He was born and raised in Damascus, in all probability at the Monastery of Saint Sabbas (Mar Saba), South East of Jerusalem. He is also recognized as a […]

Sermon 2 on the Dormition

by St. John of Damascus Our venerable and God-bearing Father John of Damascus was also known as John Damascene, Chrysorrhoas, “streaming with gold,” (i.e., the golden speaker). He was born and raised in Damascus, in all probability at the Monastery of Saint Sabbas (Mar Saba), South East of Jerusalem. He is also recognized as a […]