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Sunday, 28 August 2011

THE FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF OUR LADY

A happy and holy feast day to all who use the Julian Calendar because today is the Feast pf the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15th).   Today, I served the Divine Liturgy in Our Lady's honour with Fr Dyfrig as chief celebrant in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish in Gloucester.   It is wonderful to be able to participate more and more in the Byzantine Rite as I become more familiar with it.   I remembered that it was between the feasts of the Transfiguration and the Dormition that Communism collapsed in Moscow, thus fulfilling what was foretold by Our Lady to the children at Fatima.   I prayed in the Liturgy for the patriarch and the people of Russia and for all those in other parts of the Soviet Union who are striving to fill in the void created by the atheist regime, even as they are hampered in this task by internal rivalries..


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THE DORMITION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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Orthodox nuns take the icon of the Blessed Mother of God from the Holy Sepulchre to the place where they believe she was buried after her death in preparation for the Feast of  her Dormition and Ascension into heaven. (Thanks to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish of St Elias for the photo)


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