birth thou didst preserve thy virginity; in
thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O
wast translated unto life, since
art the Mother of life; and
by thine intercessions, dost
thou redeem our souls from death."
About the icon of the Dormition
(falling asleep) of our Lady, the Theotokos:
The Theotokos is depicted upon the funeral bier in
Behind her stands her Son, our Lord and Saviour,
Jesus Christ. He has come
to receive His Mother's soul into heaven; He holds in His left
arm an infant in white, symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos
reborn in her glory in heaven; Christ
appears in a mendorla of bright colors (elongated halo)
depicting the Light of
The Apostles are depicted on either side of the
bier stand the
Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands
at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St.
Paul who stands at the foot of the bier.
In some depictions, below the bier is a figure of
Antonius the Jew, who tried to disrupt
the procession, was punished, but later repented of his sins and
embraced Christianity through Baptism.
most depictions of the Dormitin, three Hierarchs are present and
standing behind the Apostles. Their position signifies the honor
bestowed upon "The Twelve" Apostles and the root of their succession to
the Apostolic preaching and ministry. The Bishops include: Saints
Hierotheos and Dionyssios (the Bishops of Athens), and Saint Timothy
Adapted from The Icon Book,
by Boojamra, Essey, McLuckie
of the Theotokos
are located in Concord, NH, just a 5 minute walk from the
Readings from the Menologion:
Orthodox Christian church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Concord
celebrated its first Vigil and Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the
Dormition of our Lady, August 15/28, 1981. Then and thereafter, the
clergy and laity of the parish have placed themselves under the mighty
protection of the most holy Mother of God.
At the time the first
Liturgy was celebrated, the church was a small temple occupying a room
just 12 x 15 foot on the first floor of the priest's house. Since then,
the parish has grown and after much struggle and prayer, a building was
purchased in June of 1993.
Currently, the Dormition of the
Theotokos parish is comprised of families from Greek, Russian,
and English descent, with many converts to the Orthodox
The full yearly cycle of Orthodox Christian services are celebrated
according to the Traditional Ecclesiastical calendar.
Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church is under the Omorphorion of
His Grace, Bishop Demetrius of Boston and New England. Bishop Demetrius
is a member bishop of the Eparchial Synod of the Church of the Genuine
Orthodox Christians of America (GOC), an
autonomous eparchy of the Church of
the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece.
Vistors are always welcome to our services and a community meal is held
each Sunday immediately following the Divine Liturgy. Should you wish
to receive the Mystery of Holy Communion, please contact Father Andrew
Glory be to God for all things!
We've gone social:
Restoration of the
Orthodox Way of Life by Blessed
Andrei of Novo Diveyevo