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Orthodox Christians (New Calendar) commemorate the death (Dormition) of the Virgin Mary today. For those for whom such feasts are foreign, it is easy to misunderstand what the Orthodox are about – and to assume that this is simply a feast to Mary because we like that sort of thing. Flippant attitudes fail to perceive the depths of the mystery of our salvation. The Dormition of the Mother of God is one of many doorways into that mystery – all of which is Christ – who alone is our salvation.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Glory to God for All Things ~ The Earth Stood Still ~ Dormition of Mary

"After the Ascension, the MostHoly Mother of God was cared for by Holy Apostle John. During his journeys, She lived at his parents' home near the Mount of Olives. She consoled and edified Apostles and believers, telling them about the Annunciation, the pure Conception of Christ, His early childhood and His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She planted and strengthened the Church, and they greatly revered Her..." (terrific article about the life of Virgin Mary after the Holy Ascension - link)

Today She Teaches Us How We Should Die: A Homily on the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God / OrthoChristian.

catholic holy family society - Google Search

The Holy Family is a beautiful model of authentic familial love. May our families reflect their self-sacrificing qualities!

The Holy Family - Aidan Hart Sacred Icons

What a beautiful icon, I have never seen this: Holy Family icon by Aidan Hart, depicting Jesus as a young man!

The Eastern Orthodox Church Saint Sophia and her three daughters

Today the Eastern Orthodox Church piously remembers Saint Sophia and her three daughters Faith, Hope and Love. Sophia was a widow with three daughters living in Rome in the time of Emperor.

Greek Orthodox Icon of Christ's Resurrection, Thessalonica, Macedonia, Greece, Europe  by Godong

Greek Orthodox Icon of Christ's Resurrection, Thessalonica, Macedonia, Greece, Europe

Greek Orthodox Icon of Christ's Resurrection, Thessalonica, Macedonia, Greece, Europe Photographic Print

Meeting of Elizabeth and the Theotokos - I LOVE this icon with Christ and John the Baptist in utero!:

Meeting of Elizabeth and the Theotokos -this Icon represents Christ and John the Baptist greeting each other from their mother's bellies.

аналойная икона Воскресение Господа Нашего Иисуса Христа

аналойная икона Воскресение Господа Нашего Иисуса Христа

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