Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thoughts about the Dormition of the Mother of God
Troparion - Tone 1
In giving birth you preserved your virginity,
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.
Kontakion - Tone 2
Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.
I especially like the Kontakion. "For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb."
Again, it's all about Jesus. He was the One who dwelt in her virginal womb. He did the translating of her into life.
I could use some of what she's having. Seriously. I am mostly dead most of the time. The spiritual struggle is ever present. This summer has been a struggle against spiritual lassitude and being busy has been the perfect "excuse". But it's not really an excuse at all, is it? These past few weeks HAVE been better, and the fast is a good time to re-group and reflect and repent.
So here I am on a late Saturday night getting ready to receive Christ once again in the Eucharist tomorrow. Lord have mercy on me a sinner. I need more of what she's having.