Dormition of the Holy Theotokos at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church - 08/15/21

On Sunday, August 15th, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA celebrated the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos with a Divine Liturgy and the blessing of flowers.
Upon hearing from an Angel, that in 3 days, she would join her Son into Life Eternal, the Holy Theotokos immediately went to the Mount of Olives, where she prayed continuously.  She then returned to her home and prepared for her burial.  While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles and brought them to the house of the Mother of God, who informed them of the reason of their sudden gathering.  As a mother, she consoled them in their sorrow, raised her hands to Heaven, and prayed for the peace of the world.  She blessed the Apostles, and then gave up her all Holy Spirit into the hands of her Son and God.
We honor the Theotokos by bringing flowers to the celebration of her Dormition.  The fragrance of the flowers filled the hearts and souls of every member present.