The Dormition of the Theotokos




Today is a feast day in the Orthodox Church commemorating the death of Mary, mother of Jesus. It is part of a rich liturgical tradition dating all the way back to the 5th century, celebrating the falling asleep of the woman chosen by God to bear the Messiah.

In other news, today is also a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church commemorating the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven. It is part of a rich liturgical tradition dating all the way back to 1950, celebrating the physical translation of Mary directly into heaven.

Hmmmm....

Comments

Erica said…
You sound as though you've been talking to Dale ;-)
The church had a dinner for the Dormition.
Oddly enough...the church is called Assumption because the people who named it thought the Assumption and Dormition were the same thing. I think everyone there has known that for so long that it's ceased to be amusing, but I still laugh about it.
Xindaeltal said…
Come on over Rick, come on over ;-)
Rick said…
So the people who named the church were operating under the "assumption" that they were the same thing?

Sorry, bad pun. Just couldn't resist.