Though the Dormition Feast took place on August 15 according to the Gregorian Calendar, I was received into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-MP, which used the Julian Calendar. I’m still partial to it. For those of you celebrating the Dormition Feast today, may the Theotokos ever pray for us.
Sermon on the Dormition
On this day of the Dormition of our Lady Theotokos I would like to speak primarily about her place in the history of salvation and just make a few minor references to this feast. The character of my words will be primarily apologetic. Why is that so? Because we, as Orthodox Christians in the Americas, find ourselves in an atmosphere in which we are challenged. The Church in America is a Church in dispersion from its roots. We are a minority among those who call themselves Christians, and engulfed by a multitude of philosophies and religious systems at odds with our Faith. Our Faith is challenged. It is unfortunate, yet not undeniable, that challenges to the Orthodox Faith are occurring not only from without but also sadly from within the Church. Why?
There are truths that we Orthodox acknowledge about Mary, the Birth-giver of God, which…
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