Tomorrow begins the fast of the Dormition, which lasts from 1 until 14 August. This fast is observed by Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Christians in the two weeks preceding the feast of the Dormition (‘falling asleep’) of the Mother of God, as the feast of Mary’s Assumption is referred to in the East.
During this time the faithful abstain from meat, poultry, dairy products, fish, oil, and wine. In many Orthodox churches special services are held during the fast.
Are there any readers of this blog who observe this ancient tradition in honour of the Mother of God?
The Catholic hymn Mary the Dawn, sung by the Cathedral Singers.
Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day; Mary the Gate, Christ the Heavenly Way! Mary the Root, Christ the Mystic Vine; Mary the Grape, Christ the Sacred Wine! Mary the Wheat, Christ the Living Bread; Mary the Stem, Christ the Rose blood-red! Mary the Font, Christ the Cleansing Flood; Mary the Cup, Christ the Saving Blood! Mary the Temple, Christ the temple’s Lord; Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored! Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest; Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest! Mary the Mother, Christ the Mother’s Son By all things blest while endless ages run. Amen.
Most holy Virgin, who art the greatest consolation that I receive from God, thou who art the heavenly dew which assuages all my pains, thou who art the light of my soul when it is enveloped in darkness, thou who art my guide in unknown paths, the support of my weakness, my treasure in poverty, my remedy in sickness, my consolation in trouble, my refuge in misery, and the hope of my salvation; hear my supplications, have pity on me, as becomes the Mother of so good a God, and obtain for me a favourable reception of all my petitions at the throne of mercy.
Occidentana:I wonder if they’ve ever made an Our Lady of the Chair.
All about Mary:There is an ancient representation of Mary as Our Lady of the Chair, more commonly known as the Seat of Wisdom. Besides, there is also a chair of Our Lady. It is kept in the chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris. St Catherine Laboure saw Mary sit in this chair during her vision in 1830.