Come, all who love to keep the feasts, come, let us form a choir!
Come, let us crown the Church with songs, as the Ark of God goes to her
rest! For today heaven opens wide as it receives the Mother of Him Who cannot be contained. The earth, as it yields up the source of Life, is robed in blessing and
majesty. The hosts of Angels, present with the fellowship of the Apostles, gaze in great fear at her who bore the Author of life, now that she is translated from life to life. Let us all venerate and implore her: “O Lady, forget not your ties of kinship with those who keep in faith the feast of your all-holy Dormition!”
Having followed the obligation of our patrimony in the blest Forefeast of the Dormition to fast, pray, do works of mercy, seek the Holy Mystery of Penance/Confession, we behold this glorious Feast. I started to respond in another thread here, but truly I want to express the joy of the Feast free of argument.
Brother Phillip, I’m so sorry that you were/are not able to share with your community the joys of the festal services and Liturgy. May your wife and daughter be returned to health quickly, and you remain healthy. I’ll put you with my prosphoron and prayer intentions tonight when we celebrate the DL in our parish.
A friend from my Latin Church joined us last night for the Vigil at “my” Russian Orthodox parish… a glorious two hours of standing in humility and praise, of being anointed and the blessing of our flowers and herbs. It was his first time in an Eastern/Orthodox service. He’s a professional musician and was quickly singing right along which much of the prayers. We work together in the RCIA and I’m happy that he’s got a better idea of who I “am” now and who the Catholic Church is now. He is eager to go again, hopefully to DL at my parish.
I “broke the fast” with Eucharist with my Latin Parish early this morning so I’ve already had a bit of delicious dairy this morning… butter on toast… and look forward to some feasting after DL tonight at my Greek Catholic parish.
Saint Gregory PalamasYou alone carried in your womb the One in Whom is the treasury of all these gifts, and you became a miraculous habitation for Him. Now, having passed from mortality into immortality, and rightfully gone forth from earth to Heaven, into the Pre-eternal habitation to dwell with Him eternally. From that place you care for your inheritance, and with incessant supplications to Him, you move Him to mercy for all.