She that bore our Saviour is borne high above this world to heaven

AND it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee.

And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

An icon of the assumption of Elijah into heaven

“Behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more.

4 Reigns [2 Kings] 2:9-12

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NO FIERY chariot brought thee over from them that dwell upon the earth, such as brought Elijah the righteous. But the very Sun of Righteousness gave thee rest in himself, taking thy all-holy soul, as one more than unblemished, into his own hands. In bringing thee over in strange fashion, O Immaculate, he gave thee honour in a joy which cannot be guessed.

An icon of the Dormition of the Mother of God

“She truly gave her godly and all-immaculate soul into the hands of Jesus our God.”

COME ye lovers of the feast, let us with splendour celebrate today the holy translation of the Mother of God. For she truly gave her godly and all-immaculate soul into the hands of Jesus our God, who aforetime shone forth from the undefiled Father, and in the latter days from her womb; and she maketh intercession that we should be saved.

A WONDER most awful: she that bore in her womb the King that cannot be contained, is laid up in a tomb, and together with the Apostles the peoples of the angels do the funeral offices of her body, which is honourable, and the vessel of God, with fear; and this same doth Jesus her son, and the Saviour of our souls, carry up high above this world to heaven.

OPEN ye gates of heaven: for behold, the mother of the Most High, the all-pure Virgin, hath died and is at hand.

Vespers for August 18. My inexpert translation: the original is at Analogion.

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FOR the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Isaiah 54:10

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