Christ is in our midst!
Following are reflections on the Dormition of the Mother of God as we look forward to the Dormition Fast:
From the Antiochian Women of North America:
The Church Fathers have written that we should remember three things every day: the Lord Jesus Christ, our Baptism and the remembrance of the day of our death.
Realizing none of us knows the day or hour of our death, we must still be prepared when the Lord comes. Whether at His Second Coming or when we breathe our last breath here and go to be with Him.
Preparation is needed for our last days and, as mentioned, most of us do not know how long we will be on this earth. Any day could be our last. Due to illness, some are made aware of the probable time left.
We have been given a way to follow by the Theotokos. Read more…
Selections from The Life of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, published by Holy Apostles Convent and Dormition Skete
THE THEOTOKOS DELIVERS HER SOUL, FULL OF LIGHT
It was the Lord’s day, and the fifteenth day of the month of August, when that blessed hour that all were awaiting drew near. It was the third hour of the day (9:00 a.m.). In the room a number of lamps were burning. The holy Apostles were offering praise to God. Upon a beautifully adorned bed, the Theotokos was lying and preparing herself for her blessed end when her beloved Son and Lord would come to her. She then greeted each Apostle with a blessing.