The Annunciation of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Mother of God
Feast Day: August 12th
Apolytikion: The Divinely-inspired message, of your Metastasis, to Heaven from Earth, you received All-Immaculate One, on the Mount of Olives. Wherefore we praise with songs Divine, your Dormition, singing hymns to you Theotokos, and faithfully crying out: Rejoice you who translocated, from the Earth to the Heavens.
Kontakion: In the place you were Praying O Immaculate One, the Archangel Gabriel came down from Heaven, making known to you with gladness O Pure One, your Holy Metastasis.
Oikos: Beforehand Gabriel had descended from Heaven, O Pure One, to the city of Nazareth, to announce the Divine pleasure and seedless conception of the Most-Divine Word, towards the reformation of the world. Now he descends to the Mount of Olives, at the counsel of your Son, in the place where you sent up Prayers to the Lord, to announce your ascent and Divine Metastasis towards Him. And you ascended towards the Kingdom above, as the Queen of All, proceeding gloriously towards the Heavens.
Megalyarion: Gabriel cried out to you “Rejoice”, descending on the Mountain, of Olives Mother of God, saying that you would, ascend in glory to your Son, who is the King of all, Virgin Immaculate.
Our Most Holy Mother of God loved to Pray on the Mount of Olives, as this was the place where her Son Jesus Christ spent much time in Prayer. Three days before her Blessed Dormition, Our Panagia was visited by Archangel Gabriel, he gave her a branch of a date palm from Paradise and told her in three days time she will join her Son and God in Heaven. Our Most Holy Mother was extremely joyful at the news she would be with her Son and see His most beautiful face again. As she Prayed with thanksgiving, the olive trees on the mountain bowed as she knelt down, and straightened up when she did.