Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos


It should go without saying that if one has any possible means of traveling to a Church to attend the

liturgy for the feast, they should do so.  However, if it is not possible for one to do so, the following is

provided so that at least they can participate in the feast to the extent possible, under such



Beatitude Verses: Feast 4 from Ode 3, Canon 1; 4 from Ode 6, Canon 2

[Those following Byzantine practice can replace the usual antiphons, with the festal antiphons given in the

Festal Menaion, p526ff.]



1 & 2.  The glorious apostles, seeing thee to be a mortal woman, yet, in manner

transcending nature, the Mother of God, O all-immaculate one, with awe touched with

their hands thee who art resplendent in glory, perceiving thee to be a habitation

acceptable to God.


3 & 4.  When God preserved with the glory of His divinity the honor of the animate ark

wherein the Word became flesh, the judgment of retribution overtook the insolent one

through the severing of his audacious hands.


5 & 6.  For thee did Life shine forth, leaving intact the seal of thy virginity.  How,

therefore, hast thine all-pure and life-giving body been permitted to be tempted by death?


7 & 8.  As the temple of Life, thou didst attain life everlasting; for, having given birth to

the hypostatic Life, thou didst pass through death on to life.  




Tone 1: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity; * in thy dormition thou didst not

forsake the world, O Theotokos. *  Thou wast translated unto life, * since thou art the

Mother of Life; * and by thine intercessions dost thou deliver our souls from death.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 3rd Tone:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit

hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Choir:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Reader:  For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; for behold, from

henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Choir:  My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Reader: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Choir:  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians:

[Philippians 2:5-11]


Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Arise, O Lord, into Thy rest, Thou and the ark of Thy holiness.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David, and He will not annul it.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28]




Tone 2:  The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos, * who is sleepless in her

intercessions and an unfailing hope in her mediations. * For as the Mother of Life she

was translated unto life * by Him Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb.


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of

the feast, First Tone:


            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.

            Irmos:   In thee, O Virgin without spot, the bounds of nature are overcome: for

childbirth remains virgin and death is betrothed to life.  O Theotokos, Virgin after

bearing child and alive after death, do thou ever save thine inheritance.


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