Today we celebrate the Dormition or the falling-asleep of the Most Pure Mother of God. We remember how Archangel Gabriel, who had announced the birth of her son, came to her three days before her Dormition. We recall the arrival of the Apostles to Jerusalem to say good-bye to her, and how her face shone as Christ took her soul.
The Holy Theotokos is revered by the Church as “more honourable than the Cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim.” To us, she is the ultimately saved person, a human person like all of who had the capability of sinning but did not sin. She was chosen by God to become His Most-Pure vessel. She suffered the sorrow of her own son being crucified before her eyes, surviving her son by twelve years. She experienced at the moment of her death already the resurrection which we will all inherit. Indeed, the Dormition of the Mother of God is a kind of a summer Pascha, which reaffirms our hope of an ever-increasing progression into the depth of the love of God.
The Dormition Feast ends the two-week Dormition Fast and is the last great feast in the Orthodox liturgical calendar. At our Convent, we are preparing to conduct the Great Vespers on the eve, and a Matins and the Divine Liturgy on the morning of the Feast. The services can be viewed online through our YouTube channel.
We honour the Virgin Mary as the spiritual mother of God’s children. She leads us along to God. She comforts and reassures us on the journey to His Kingdom, and embraces us with His Divine love. On the feast day of the Holy Dormition, we venerate the mother of Life who was translated to life, the one who did not forsake the world when falling asleep, and who delivers our souls from death by her prayers.
September 27 is a significant event in the life of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. The Feast of the Worldwide Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, one of the Twelve Great Feasts, is celebrated on this very day.
There are quite a few Orthodox feasts that the faithful celebrate in summer every year. However, one of them definitely stands out to a lot of people. It is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.
On the feast of the Elevation of the Cross – celebrated on 27 (14) September – we commemorate the miraculous finding of the true cross of Jesus Christ on which He was martyred for our salvation.
On January 19th, the Orthodox Church celebrates the joyous Feast of Theophany. In Christian tradition, the feast of Theophany commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ by Saint John the Baptist and the manifestation of Christ as God.
The Kazan Icon of the Mother of God is not just a rallying point for armed resistance to a foreign enemy. Rather, it is an inspiration for all of us to confront the enemy within ourselves.
Fifty days after Holy Pascha, the Orthodox celebrate one of the twelve Great Feasts - Pentecost or the Holy Trinity Sunday. This year Pentecost falls on June 20th in the Belarussian Orthodox Church.
Let us ask that St. Nicholas does not abandon his heavenly intercessions and that he corrects what we are doing wrong. Let us ask him to instruct us to do every good deed, so that by his prayers we dare to do the works of God