Dormition of the Theotokos marked by Orthodox Greeks

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Reverend Constantine Apostolelis, Bishop Iakovos and the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Church of Panagia Soumela in East Keilor, Melbourne, during yesterday’s liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos. Photo: Kostas Deves.

The holy day of the mother Mary was celebrated today by Greek Australians all over the country.

The Greek Community of Australia has marked the holy day of the Dormition of the Theotokos in churches around the country.

Church services throughout the week culminated today in a special Eucharist, whereby hundreds of Greek Australians break their fast.

The Dormition of the Mother of God (Greek: Κοίμησις της Θεοτόκου), commemorates the “falling asleep” or death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her resurrection before being taken up into heaven.

It is celebrated on August 15 and is one of the most important religious and cultural events throughout Greece and the Hellenic diaspora.

The holy day also marks the name day for people named Panagiotis, Panagiota, Panos, Maria, Mario, Despina and Katholiki.

The Pontian Association of Melbourne is hosting a festival on Sunday to mark the occasion, with dancing groups and lots of food to entertain the crowd.

The event begins at 12pm at the Pontian Association, 540 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Entry is free.

source: Neos Kosmos

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