Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos
On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies, Introduction and translation by Brian E. Daley, S.J.
THIS COLLECTION of patristic homilies on Mary’s dormition, or “falling asleep” in the Lord, offer a rich look at Mary’s central importance in Christian faith and spirituality. Through the words of Bishop John of Thessalonica, St. John of Damascus, St. Andrew of Crete, and St. Germanus of Constantinople (among others collected here), we witness Mary as one who transfigures death through her love of God, and in whom the community of Jesus’s disciples first witnessed the full realization of its own share in the risen life of Christ. These sermons, while interpreting the resonance and meaning of Mary’s dormition, humbly venerate her place in the Mystery of our salvation in Christ.
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