Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos or the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God on August 15th or Dekapentavgoustos each year.

It is a national and religious holiday in Greece and Cyprus and the Greek/Cypriot community in the UK, with attending Church liturgy. That marks the “falling asleep,” repose or kimisis of the Virgin Mary, mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast also commemorates the Assumption of the body of the Theotokos into heaven.

The Greek Orthodox believe the doctrine of the Assumption, which teaches that at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (i.e. both physically and spiritually) into heaven to live with her son Jesus Christ, forever.

His Eminence Archbishop Grigorios the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain is expected to be at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, in Trinity Road, Wood Green, this Wednesday morning’s liturgy. The service/liturgy starts at 9 am.

Thank you to Fr Joseph Paliouras from The 12 Apostles, Greek Orthodox Church, Hertfordshire, for this beautiful picture, 15th August 2018.

Article written by London Greek Radio