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The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Festal Hymn (Apolytikion)
In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.
If the love of many is growing cold, it is because they chose no longer to see the imago Dei, the image of God, in themselves and in others. It is because they see human beings as fungible economic entities instead of as eternal spiritual beings.
What we, as Orthodox Christians, can offer to our secular world is a return to the healthy individuality of our Faith: where every child of God is greeted by name at the chalice.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios