"Dormition ... None born on earth are so glorified, so elevated, so exalted, as the Mother of Christ our God. When we have the great saints pray for intercession to God, we beseech them, "pray to God for us;" but when we look to her as Queen of the Almighty, we beseech her, "Most Holy Mother of God save us." And the Church, present in the great and glorious day of her triumph speaks of her as "Mother of God constant in prayer. . .” Therefore, no matter how sinful and unworthy we may be, we will gladly say that she is the Mother of the human race, and the Heavenly Mother of us all." Metropolitan Filaret (Voznesensky)
Last Wednesday, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Parish in Dandenong celebrated its Patronal Feast Day. On Tuesday, 27 August 2013, the Vigil Service was celebrated with the placing on the tomb of the shroud of the Mother of God. On Wednesday, 28 August 2013, a solemn service began with welcoming His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the festal Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Irinej. Concelebrating clergy came from Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney and Adelaide. Before the Divine Liturgy, the Lesser Blessing of Water took place, with the rite of the Patronal Procession solemnised following the Divine Liturgy. It was gratifying to note that in spite of the duration of the services, the church was filled with worshipers from all Orthodox traditions. There were many communicants, especially children.
This year in Moscow as part of the City Day celebrations, the Orthodox music festival "Forty forties" will take place once again. 20 Moscow parishes will take part in the festival: famous monasteries and churches of the historical part of the capital as well as the churches under construction in the “bedroom” communities of Moscow.
On specially installed stages, musical collectives of widely different genres will perform. These will include classical music orchestras, folk ensembles, famous folk-bands, and rock musicians. Theatre productions will also be held and master classes on traditional Russian crafts will be organized for all those who wish to participate.
His All-Holiness, together with members of the Holy and Sacred Synod and Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne, presided over the concelebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George on the occasion of the proclamation of the New Ecclesiastical Year, which includes the day of prayers for the protection of the natural environment and the Synaxis of the icon of Panaghia Pammakaristos.
On Tuesday the 14th/27th of August 2013, the rite of the Lamentations or the Epitaph of Theotokos was performed by the Patriarchate at the Bier of the Mother of God in Gethsemane.
On Monday the 12th/25th of August 2013, a procession took place intended for the descent of the icon of Theotokos from the Dependency of Gethsemane opposite the All-holy Church of the Resurrection, to the Church of the Dormition of Theotokos in Gethsemane, wherein lies the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.