Finding Peace in the Dormition
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We live in a fast paced and ever-changing society. What was held as true yesterday may not necessarily be held true today. But the Truth of Christ and the Holy Orthodox Church does not change from day-to-day, year-to-year, century-to-century or even millennia-to-millennia, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) This is why it is so important that we, as Orthodox Christians, cling to the Holy Traditions that have been set before us and are contained in Holy Scripture, in the writings of the Holy Fathers and in our Holy Orthodox Church Services. And all of this Truth has been especially embedded and poetically expressed in our precious Orthodox Hymnology. It is for this reason that we, (as Eikona) for over twenty years, have taken a keen interest in chanting Orthodox Hymns in our native English tongue.
Worship is the heart and soul of Orthodoxy. If all that was left was Church services, we would still have everything we need for our salvation. This is very powerful indeed, and why it is so imperative that we regularly attend the church services offered at our local parish each week. It is there that we hear the Holy Gospel, we chant the worshipful hymns, we receive the life-giving sacraments, and we are taught the life-giving teachings. Attending liturgy each week is like attending a mini-Pascha each week, full of the love and joy of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
While in the Season of the Dormition Fast, let us hold tightly to the truth of the Incarnation of our Lord by attending the Paraklesis services offered at our local parish each evening. Let us enjoy the hymns being sung and remember the important place that the Panagia has in the salvation of our souls.