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Preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

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Preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

The commemoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos and the preparation for the Feast begin on August 1 with a period of fasting (August 1-14). A strict fast is followed on most of the days (no meat, dairy, oil, or wine), with the exceptions of fish on the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and […]

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The Service of the Great Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

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The Service of the Great Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

The Great Supplicatory Canon is chanted during the first fourteen days of August during the Fast of the Theotokos (Mother of God), alternately with the Small Paraklesis. It is also be chanted in every tribulation and in sorrow of the soul. The priest: Blessed is our God always, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. […]

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The History of the Great Paraklesis (Supplication) Canon to the Theotokos

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The History of the Great Paraklesis (Supplication) Canon to the Theotokos

The Authorship and Origins of the Great Paraklesis Canon Regarding the Great Supplication Service, we have sufficient testimony to its authorship. The poet was Theodore II Doukas Laskaris, Emperor of Nicaea. He was an emperor in exile who reigned from 1254 to 1258 AD following the fall of Constantinople to the Frankish Crusaders in 1204. […]

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The History of the Small Paraclesis (Supplication) Canon to the Theotokos

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The History of the Small Paraclesis (Supplication) Canon to the Theotokos

There are two forms of the Paraklesis Canon to the Theotokos: the Small Paraklesis which was composed by Theosteriktos the Monk in the 9th century (or some say Theophanes), and the Great Paraklesis. During the majority of the year, only the Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos is chanted. However, during the Dormition Fast (August 1—14), […]

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The Veneration of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church

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The Veneration of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church

Because of recent discussions about the Catholic Church’s considering defining a new dogma concerning the Virgin Mary it might be of interest to Christians of other Churches to have some explanation of the Orthodox Church’s position concerning her. The Orthodox Church honors and venerates the Virgin Mary as “more honourable than the Cherubim and more […]

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The Theotokos

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The Theotokos

The piety of the Church gives a rather prominent place to the one whom we call the Theotokos, she who gave birth to God, the ever-virgin Mary. On August 15th, we celebrate the major feast day known as the Dormition or Falling-asleep of the Mother of God. Three weeks from that date, on September 8th, […]

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The Mystery of the Virgin Mary

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The Mystery of the Virgin Mary

The word “mystery” is of Greek derivation, and dates from pre-Christian times. For the ancient Greeks, “mysteries” were those religious rites which involved some process of “initiation”, that is to say an introduction into and familiarisation with some “mystical” and hidden truths. The most well known of these rites were the “Eleusinian”. From the verb […]

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