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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Dormition

August 15 is a important day in the Christian calendar for the both the Orthodox and Catholic church:
The Dormition falls on the same day as the Catholic Church's Feast of the Assumption.  The difference between the Assumption and the Dormition is subtle: the Assumption, according to Catholic doctrine, marks the day Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven, whereas the Orthodox teach that Mary remained in repose for three days after her soul was received by Christ before the translation of her sacred body to Heaven. [Courtesy of Harry Bucknall] 

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