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11th Sunday after Pentecost / Dormition of the Mother of God (photos)

Troparion (Tone 1)

In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.
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The Transfiguration of our Lord
Jesus Christ

Troparion, tone 7: When Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, Thou didst show Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Thy everlasting light illumine also us sinners through the intercessions of the Mother of God. Giver of Light, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, tone 7: Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they were capable, that when they should see Thee crucified, they might know that Thy suffering was voluntary and might proclaim to the world that Thou art indeed the reflection of the Father.

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August 1 / 15 The Procession (Carrying-forth) of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord

The Procession (Carrying-forth) of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Chasoslov (Orologion) of 1897 is explained thus the derivation of this feast: “By reason of the sicknesses, often everywhere occurring in August, from of old customarily it was done at Constantinople to carry out the Venerable Wood of the Cross along the roads and streets for the sanctifying of places and for the driving away of sicknesses. On the eve (31 July), carrying it out from the imperial treasury, they placed it upon the holy table of the Great Church (in honour of Saint Sophia — the Wisdom of God). From this feastday up to the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, making litia throughout all the city, they then placed it forth for all the people to venerate. This also is the Issuing-forth of the Venerable Cross”.


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Anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anthony

NEW YORK: August 12, 2011
Communique from the Chancery of the Primate of the Russian Church Abroad

In connection with the diamond anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of blessed memory (+August 10, 1936), the first of the Primates of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the brother archpastors and clergymen of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion’s dioceses are called upon to prayerfully commemorate the late hierarch of the Russian diaspora at the end of Divine Liturgy on the coming Sunday, preceding it with a sermon.

Let us pray for the repose of the blessed Metropolitan Anthony, and that the Lord Chief Pastor continues to create new pastors who worthily continue the work of this great bishop of the Universal Church, as His Holiness Patriarch Varnava of Serbia referred to him. Let us also attempt once more to bring our attention to our history and our ecclesiastical roots in order to nourish our souls with the legacy of our fathers.