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The Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin

Oh, the marvelous wonder!

The source of Life is laid in a grave,

and the tomb becomes a ladder to heaven.

Rejoice, Gethsemane, holy shrine of the Theotokos!

Let us, the faithful, cry out with Gabriel as our captain:

“Rejoice, O full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

He that grants the world great mercy through thee!”

-Hymn for the Feast of the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin

Today we remember and give honor to The Virgin Mary, who carried within her God Incarnate, making her the source of Life. Her tomb became a ladder to heaven, as she passed from death to life at her falling asleep.

On this feast we read from the book of Ezekiel, “And the Lord said to me, ‘This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut,'” which reminds us to honor the Virgin Mary for her saving dedication to our Lord as she saved herself and wholly dedicated herself to God as an honorable vessel and throne for our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.

In this image you see that the Virgin Mary has fallen asleep and Jesus is holding a little baby.  The little baby represents Mary’s soul. Just as Mary carried within her Jesus, now Jesus carries the soul of Mary. This is why we call Mary the greatest example of a Christian because we as Christians are called to carry the Lord within us, and Mary shows us that we can follow her example.

Morningtide to Eventide would like to wish all our followers a blessed feast.

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