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The last major feast day of the Church year occurs on August 15, the Dormition (lit., falling-asleep) of the Theotokos. We commemorate and take heart in the fact that the Mother of God fell asleep, that is, died in the body, and then was resurrected three days later soul and body and assumed into heaven where she intercedes for the world before her Son and our God Jesus Christ. For the Orthodox, the Virgin Mary Theotokos is the great example of what it means to be a Christian, both in her life and her death, completely devoting herself to God with a blameless life and entrusting herself to God who raised her from death as a pledge to all the faithful of our ultimate end in Christ.
For us at St. John's, August also is the time to commemorate the Beheading of our patron saint, John the Forerunner and Baptizer of our Lord (Aug. 29). As the Church year draws to a close, we once again remember our calling in the Gospel exemplified by St. John, to "deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow" Christ (Mk. 8:34). As St. John crowned his ministry with martyrdom, may we bodly proclaim the righteousness of Christ with the witness of our lives.
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