Orthodox Church Of Our Lady's Dormition

Parish of Russian Orthodox Church

The feast of the Dormition is the last great feast in the Church calendar year. It is preceded by a two week fast. The glorious lot of the Ever Blessed Virgin in the role of God's salvation of the world made all her life wonderful and exemplary.

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Orthodox churches generally take one of several shapes that have a particular mystical significance. The most common shape is an oblong or rectangular shape, imitating the form of a ship.

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The term Rites of Passage is an expression used to indicate the traditions, customs and religious practices one experiences as they progress from the cradle to the grave.

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For someone visiting an Orthodox Church for the first time, much appears strange and different from other churches. It is more than the language and service which may puzzle one, for the latter could be in any one of many languages, including English. What is this Church?

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One has to welcome rejection of the age-old separation of Christians, but only if this is done with the objective of disclosing the treasures of Orthodoxy, to bring those who have fallen away from the Church back to unity in Orthodoxy.

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St Pachomius Library

Celtic and Old English Saints of the Orthodox Church

N.B The St Patrick site contains names of both Eastern Orthodox and Western saints. As a general rule, saints with dates prior to 1054 AD are acceptable. However, it is important to speak to your parish priest before making a final decision about any name from this list.

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Synod of Bishops - Official Site
http://www.rocor.org/
http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/
http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/english/

 

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