THE FALLING ASLEEP OF THE THEOTOKOS
This great feast honours the Virgin Mary through whom the mystery of the Incarnation took place. As our Lord’s Mother, we seek her intercession to her Son for our every need. She listens, comforts, and prays for us. This is evident by the many miracles that are performed by her; the countless number of churches that are built in her honour.
When you are about to pray to our Lady the Holy Virgin . . .
When you are about to pray to our Lady the Holy Virgin, be firmly assured, before praying, that you will not depart from her without having received mercy.
To think thus and to have confidence in her is meet and right.
She is, the All-Merciful Mother of the All-Merciful God, the Word, and her mercies, incalculably great and innumerable, have been declared from all ages by all Christian Churches; she is, indeed, an abyss of mercies and bounties, as is said of Her in the canon of Odigitry [Orthodox canon].”
+ St. John of Kronstad