The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 1, on 8: Feast 8 (O wondrous marvel); G/N: Feast (At the divine behest).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: My help cometh from the Lord.

3 Readings for the Feast.

Litia: Feast (It was fitting that the servants of the Word); G: Come, ye assembly of those who love the feasts of the Church; N: O ye people, hymn ye.

Aposticha: Feast (Come, O ye people); G/N: When thou didst depart.

Troparia: Feast (In giving birth) x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 1 Troparia: Feast x2; G/N Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Feast.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Feast: We magnify thee, O most blameless Mother of Christ our God, and we glorify thy most glorious dormition. Psalm verse: Shout with jubilation unto the Lord all the earth, chant ye unto His name.

Sessional hymn of the Feast (Cry aloud, O David).

Hymns of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.

Prokimenon of the Feast, Tone 4: I shall commemorate thy name.

Matins Gospel: Luke 1:39-49,56 (4).

Psalm 50; G: Through the prayers of the Theotokos; N: Repeat; Have mercy on me, O God; Sticheron of the Feast (When the repose of thine all-pure body drew nigh). Save, O God, Thy people.

Canon: Feast (both canons) 12 Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Irmoi: Thy sacred and renowned memorial, O Virgin & I shall open my mouth (each Irmos is sung twice).

Katavasia: The Irmoi of both canons of the feast.


After Ode 3, Hypakoe of the Feast (All of us, the generations of men, bless thee).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos) and Ikos of the Feast.

At Ode 9, we do not sing More Honorable. We instead sing the refrains of the Feast: The angels, having beheld the Dormition of the Most pure One, were struck with wonder, at how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven, and the rest, with the canon of the feast.


Exapostilarion: Feast (O ye Apostles from afar) x3.

Praises, Tone 4: Feast 4 (The heavens rejoice in thy glorious dormition); G/N: Feast (O Theotokos, Mother of Life). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Feast; the two remaining Litanies and Festal Dismissal: May Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His most pure Mother; and of all the saints; First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Feast; Kontakion: Feast.


Liturgy: Beatitudes on 8: Feast: 4, from the first Canon of Ode 3; and 4, from second Canon of Ode 6.

At the entrance: O come let us worship and fall down before Christ. O Son of God, through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia; Troparion of the Feast; G/N: Kontakion of the Feast.

Prokimenon, Tone 3: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Epistle: Phil. 2:5-11 (240).

Alleluia, Tone 2.

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28 (54).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain The angels, having beheld the Dormition of the Most pure One, were struck with wonder, at how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode, first canon (In thee, O Virgin without spot).

Communion Hymn: I will take the cup of salvation.

Festal Dismissal.