Sunday, August 1, 2021 UTC

AUG 15: DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS & BLESSING OF FLOWERS (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

dormition4large AUG 15: DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF FLOWERS, HERBS OR SEEDS – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED ON FACE-BOOK), DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF FLOWERS, HERBS OR SEEDS – 11:00 AM.

Please bring flowers (and herbs) for around the tomb of Mary and to be blessed.  Even if you are not attending the Divine Liturgy, feel free to bring flowers to place around the tomb.  Please bring your own vase as the church has a limited supply.

The church will be available for those wishing to spend time in prayer before the tomb of the Theotokos.  Please maintain distance between families and remember to sanitize when you leave.

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

PROPERS: 08-15-21_Sunday_DL

Akathist: https://mci.archpitt.org/sheetmusic/general/Akathist_Dormition.pdf

Why do we bless flowers?

https://www.stgabrielashland.org/blessing-of-flowers-and-fragrant-herbs-on-dormition/

Information on the Icon:

https://thebyzantinelife.com/byzcatholic/dormition-theotokos/

What to do with the blessed flowers:

https://thebyzantinelife.com/byzcatholic/dormition/

The Feast commemorates the repose or “falling-asleep” of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos. Tradition relates that the Mother of God died in Jerusalem, after a visit with all of Christ’s apostles. They carried her coffin to the Garden of Gethsemane where it was placed into a tomb. The apostle Thomas came late, and asked that the tomb might be opened so that he could reverence her body. When opened, the tomb was found empty except for the winding sheet.

Today flowers are blessed in church, and people keep them in their homes. During times of family strife or illness, the flower petals are placed in the censer with the incense, and the whole house is incensed. Also, the Rite of the “Burial of the Theotokos” is celebrated, during the All-Night Vigil.  An Epitaphios of the Theotokos, a richly embroidered cloth icon portraying her lying in state, together with specially composed hymns of lamentation are sung as it is carried in procession.

On Monday, August 23rd, is the Leave-taking of the Feast of the Dormition. On this day, another solemn procession is made & the holy burial shroud is carried by the clergy.