On August 28, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God we held a nice celebration at St. George Church. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy.
Following the Gospel lesson he preached a homily in Russian. This time the Rector dedicated his sermon to interpretation of the festal Troparion. That main hymn of the feast refers to the Most Holy Mother of God as the one who preserved virginity after giving birth do Christ and the one who did not leave the world after Her falling asleep. Most Holy Theotokos passed from this life to life eternal and to Christ who Himself is the Life of the world. At the same time the Most Holy Theotokos is the Mother of Life, because She is the Mother of Christ. And She spares our souls from spiritual death.
The choir prayerfully performed hymns dedicated to the Most Holy Mother of God and Her Dormition during preparation for Holy Communion.
Following the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector and the altar server performed the rite of glorification singing the troparion, kontakion and magnification of the feast before the icon of the Dormition in the middle of the church. Then the Rector congratulated all the faithful on the feast.