Thou hast crossed over into life, thou who art the Mother of Life

An icon in mosaic of the Dormition of the Mother of God

An icon in mosaic of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Today is the Apodosis or Leave-taking of the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

O WHAT strange wonder! The source of life is laid in a tomb, and the grave becomes a ladder up to heaven. Gethsemane be glad, O sacred grove of the Birth-giver of God.

Let us, the faithful, who have Gabriel as captain of our company, cry out: O full of grace, hail: the Lord is with thee, he that granteth his great mercy unto the world through thee. (Twice)

Oh! Oh thy mysteries, Pure Lady! Today thou was lifted up and proclaimed Throne of the Most High, O Mistress, thou didst cross over even from the earth to heaven.

Thy fair glory, shining out with grace in godly splendours – O ye virgins, with the mother of the King be lifted up on high! O full of grace, hail: the Lord is with thee, he that granteth his great mercy unto the world through thee. (Twice)

DOMINIONS, Thrones, Rulers, Principalities and Powers, Cherubim and the fearful Seraphim glorify thy Falling Asleep. They that are born of earth rejoice, adorned by thy godly glory.

Kings fall down and together with Angels and Archangels they sing: O full of grace, hail: the Lord is with thee, he that granteth his great mercy unto the world through thee. (Twice)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

AT a sign of divine command, wheresoever they might be, the God-bearing Apostles were caught up into the air upon clouds.

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev distributing Holy Communion

“I shall take the cup of salvation, and I shall call upon the name of the Lord.” Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev distributing Holy Communion.

MY heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.

IN thy giving birth, thou didst keep thy virginity, in thy Falling Asleep thou didst not forsake the world, O Birth-giver of God. Thou hast crossed over into life, thou who art the Mother of Life, by thy intercessions also redeeming our souls from death.

WHAT shall I give the Lord, in return for all that he in his turn hath given unto me?

IN thy giving birth…

I SHALL take the cup of salvation, and I shall call upon the name of the Lord.

IN thy giving birth…

THE limits of nature have been overmastered in thee, Immaculate Virgin: for birth-giving hath found her maidenhood, and death hath been promised in marriage. O thou who after giving birth art Virgin, and that after death art living, ever save, O Birth-giver of God, thine inheritance.

Communion sentence

I SHALL take the cup of salvation, and I shall call upon the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

Extracted from the liturgy for the Apodosis of the Dormition of the Mother of God, August 23. Source. This is my non-expert translation.

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