The Dormition Fast


In the Church of Christ, the Most Holy Theotokos has always held a special place of respect, and one form of this respect is the Dormition Fast which was established in her honor.

The Virgin Mary was particularly revealed to the people of God already in the Old Testament through various signs or prefigurations: Jacob's Ladder, the Uncumsumbed Burning Bush, the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea by the Jewish people, the jar of manna, Gideon and the fleece, and finally the Prophet Isaiah who prophesied: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14) .

Because of her invaluable role in the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Most Holy Mother of God has always held a special place of respect, and the Church has wisely - as an expression of respect - given to us the Dormition Fast which precedes the feast of Her Falling Asleep.

Each reference to fasting implies the emphasis of its unbreakable connection to the Holy Eucharist, since each fast is an integral part of the liturgical life. Each Christian spiritual endeavor, podvig, in fasting and prayer receives its fullness in the active participation in the Divine Liturgy, since the fast, in an of itself, is never an individualistic act, alone in an of itself, but is always substantiated with the liturgical experience of the Church, receiving its crown in the liturgical gathering.

Branislav Ilic, seminarian


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