Koimesis Mosaic at the Chora Church, Constantinople. Also, if Mary bore Christ and played an intimate role as His mother in the redemption of man, then she must likewise share body and soul in His resurrection and glorification. The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Dormition not on a fixed date, but on the Sunday nearest 15 August. 7, ch. Whatever from the physical point of view was the organic, biological cause of the end of her bodily life, it can be said that for Mary the passage from this life to the next was the full development of grace in glory, so that no death can ever be so fittingly described as a “dormition” as hers."[22]. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, which is an Oriental Orthodox Church, celebrates the Feast of Dormition on August 15 with great importance, as that day is the national independence day of India. As with the other Fasts of the Church year, there is a Great Feast that falls during the Fast; in this case, the Transfiguration (August 6), on which fish, wine and oil are allowed. The term Dormition expresses the belief that the Virgin died without suffering, in a state of spiritual peace. [citation needed]. From August 1 to August 14 (inclusive) Orthodox and Eastern Catholics fast from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine. Father Saunders is the author of Straight Answers, a book based on 100 of his columns, and Straight Answers II. Mary had been chosen to be the mother of our Savior. As to the cause of Mary’s death, the opinions that wish to exclude her from death by natural causes seem groundless. The Catholic doctrine of the Assumption covers Mary's bodily movement to heaven, but the dogmatic definition avoids saying whether she was dead or alive at that point. If this were not the case, how could the information about it have remained hidden from her contemporaries and not have been passed down to us in some way? Of particular interest is the “Dormitio Mariæ”, the Dormition of Mary, which is found just below the central mosaic. The Dormition of Mary Mother of Christ Father Bourdaloue, a famous preacher of the 17th century French court, said in a sermon on the Assumption: Never was there a death more precious in the sight of God than that of the Virgin, because there was never a life more filled with merits than Hers. It is celebrated on 15 August (28 August N.S. [21] The specific belief of the Orthodox is expressed in their liturgical texts used at the feast of the Dormition.[21]. The comparative forms of the term for "Dormition of the Mother of God" appears in virtually all Catholic and Orthodox nations and languages including: "Dormition of the Virgin" redirects here. [16], According to later Catholic tradition, Mary, having spent her life after Pentecost supporting and serving the nascent Church, was living in the house of the Apostle John, in Jerusalem, when the Archangel Gabriel revealed to her that her death would occur three days later. The first Christian centuries may be silent, but "The Dormition/Assumption of Mary" appears in a Greek document (attributed to John the Theologian) edited by Tischendorf published in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, dated by Tischendorf as no later than the 4th century. The feast is framed and accentuated by three feasts in honour of Jesus Christ, known as the "Three Feasts of the Saviour in August". CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - On August 15 in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church we celebrate the great Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Death of the Virgin by Caravaggio, of 1606, is probably the last famous Western painting of the subject. This silence leads one to suppose that it happened naturally, with no detail particularly worthy of mention. The Dormition of Our Lady. "Apocrypha of the New Testament", 'Intoductory Notice to the Apocrypha of the New Testament, Vol 8, A fairly representative example of mainstream Orthodox teaching is offered by Sophia Fotopoulou: "We have no historical data to indicate how long the Mother of God remained on earth after the, Dormition of the Mother of God (disambiguation), Learn how and when to remove this template message, Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church - Orthodox Calendar, Догмат Римско-Католической Церкви о взятии Божией Матери в небесную славу с православной точки зрения, PL 15 EXPOSITIO EVANG. for those following the Julian Calendar) as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. (Dormition comes from the Latin dormire, meaning "to sleep.") The above article is a "Straight Answers" column he wrote for the Arlington Catholic Herald. When they arrived at the grave, her body was gone, leaving a sweet fragrance. Most of our Eastern Christian brethren also acknowledge the same great event on this Feast, calling it the Dormition …