The Origins and Traditions of the Dormition Fast

The Dormition fast was established as preceding the great feasts of the Transfiguration of the Lord and of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It lasts two weeks—from August 1–August 14.  The Dormition fast comes down to us from the early days of Christianity. We find a clear reference to the Dormition fast in a conversation of Leo the […]

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And They Will Fast- by Metr. Isaiah of Denver

As we enter into the holiest period of the year in preparation for the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ‚ we ask ourselves‚ “Why should we follow the discipline of fasting‚ which in essence is abstinence?” What is the purpose of it? Obviously the purpose is that we May be ready to meet our Lord and to […]

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The Dormition Fast Has Started

The Dormition fast was established as preceding the great feasts of the Transfiguration of the Lord and of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It lasts two weeks—from August 1–August 14. History The Dormition fast comes down to us from the early days of Christianity. St. Symeon of Thessalonica writes: “The fast in August [Dormition fast] was established in honor […]

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The Great and Small Supplication (Paraklesis) Services to the Theotokos

There are two forms of the Paraklesis Canon to the Theotokos: the Small Paraklesis which was composed by Theosteriktos the Monk in the 9th century (or some say Theophanes), and the Great Paraklesis. During the majority of the year, only the Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos is chanted. However, during the Dormition Fast (August 1—14), the Typikon prescribes that the […]

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