Dormition of the Theotokos (2015)

Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.

(Luke 2:19)

“True theology is the narration of an event lived in the heart.” (Archimandrite Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love, p 179)

As we celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos, we are reminded of the very unique role that Mary played in the history of Salvation.  Vigen Guroian writes:

“God gave us these growing things as signs and symbols of his redeeming love for the whole of creation.   ‘The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life,’ says the author of the proverb (Proverbs 11:30, REB).  The Feast of the Assumption is a harvest of wellness and of fullness of life.

Hail Mary, Mother of God!  ‘Hail, for through thee joy shall shine forth:

Hail,  for through thee the curse shall cease.’

Hail Mary,  Mother of Light, ‘earth yielding a rich harvest of  compassion; . . . for through thee the fields of Eden  flower again’ (Byzantine Akathistos Hymn).”

(Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening, Kindle Loc. 393-96)