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Orthodox Christians celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 28 2007
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Today, August 28, New Style (15 old), all the Orthodox believers celebrate one of the twelve great religious feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. This day is still referred to as the Mother of God Easter is preceded by a rigorous two-week fast of the Assumption (August 1, old style or 14 August and the new). It is set in imitation of the Blessed Virgin, who all his life and especially in front of her Assumption spent time in prayer and fasting. Assumption - the strict, he instructs the faithful to refrain from eating meat, milk, eggs and fish, including as part of any food. Throughout the fasting fish can be eaten only on the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 19). Furthermore skoromnoy food on fasting days should be avoided amusements and entertainment, since the main goal post - cleansing the soul from the passionate thoughts and sinful habits, an exercise in abstinence, obedience to the body and soul to the spirit.

The Bible of the Dormition of the Mother said nothing, but the story about this event saved us in the Tradition of the Church and is expressed in the festal icons and church services.

Why do we celebrate this event, and not grieve on this day? Because one has the word "Assumption" shows that the death of the Mother of God was extraordinary. It's like a brief sleep, followed by birth into eternal life.

The man is afraid of death and thoughts about it. And this is understandable - the death of unnatural for humans. Creating the first people God created them, not in order that they died. After the fall of the first human death was the fate of all mankind. According to the testimony of the Gospel, Jesus Christ also suffered severe emotional distress, "lamented death" before the crucifixion. And it is precisely in order to save man from death incarnate Son of God. He walked all the way man until the end, after the death of His soul descended into hell and destroy it.

Death after the resurrection of Jesus Christ - this is not a withdrawal into the darkness of oblivion. For the believer in Christ becomes a mystery of human death in the birth of a new life. All the dead await the resurrection of the dead that will happen at the Second Coming of Christ. An example of deep Christian experience of death as the sacrament of the transition to a new life and meet the Lord began to end the Mother of God.

And in our Holy Church tries to instill the same fearlessness of death, and the names of the dead the deceased, that is asleep. In the future, blessed life with God, Virgin Mary, saints and their loved ones as for the Christian is certain that he truly looks at the death only as a dream.

The Russian Orthodox Church Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady is venerated by themselves, as well as the miraculous icon of the Assumption: Crypt, two icons of the Moscow Cathedral of the Assumption, the Pskov-Caves and others.

In some European countries: the Netherlands, France and others - the day of the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15) is a national holiday and day off.

Tatiana Trushkova

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