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Monday, August 14th @ 7:00 pm: Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - Vesperal Liturgy

The Icon of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos shows her on her deathbed surrounded by the Apostles. Christ is standing in the center looking at His mother. He is holding a small child clothed in white representing the soul of the Virgin Mary. With His golden garments, the angels above His head, and the mandorla surrounding Him, Christ is depicted in His divine glory. In front of the bed of the Theotokos is a candle that helps to form a central axis in the icon. Above the candle is the body of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Standing over His mother is Christ holding her most pure soul. Above Christ the gates of heaven stand open, ready to receive the Mother of God.

The Holy Scriptures tell us that when our Lord was dying on the Cross, He saw His mother and His disciple John and said to the Virgin Mary, "Woman, behold your son!" and to John, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:25-27). From that hour, the Apostle took care of the Theotokos in his own home. Along with the biblical reference in Acts 1:14 that confirms that the Virgin Mary was with the Holy Apostles on the day of Pentecost, the tradition of the Church holds that she remained in the home of the Apostle John in Jerusalem, continuing a ministry in word and deed. https://www.goarch.org/-/feast-of-the-dormition-of-our-most-holy-lady-the-theotokos-and-ever-virgin-mary?inheritRedirect=true

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Icon of the Transfiguration of Christ

Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ: Sunday, August 6

Elijah and Moses stand at the top of separate mountain peaks to the left and right of Christ. They are bowing toward Christ with their right hands raised in a gesture of intercession towards Him. Saint John Chrysostom explains the presence of these two fathers of the faith from the Old Testament in 3 ways: 1. They represent the Law and the Prophets (Moses received the Law from God, and Elijah was a great prophet); 2. Both experienced visions of God (Moses on Mount Sinai and Elijah on Mount Carmel); and 3. They represent the living and the dead (Elijah, the living, because he was taken up into heaven by a chariot of fire, and Moses, the dead, because he did experience death). To read more: https://www.goarch.org/transfiguration

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Photos-Videos of Past Events
Sunday School Graduation 2017
Sunday School Graduation 2017
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