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Dormition of Virgin Mary

The Miraculous Holy Icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa

On September 24, 40 days after the Dormition of Virgin Mary, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates Panagia Myrtidiotissa, the holy icon of Our Lady on Kythera that, according to legend, has miraculous properties. Panagia Myrtidiotissa means Our Lady of the...

How Greece Marks the Dormition of the Virgin Mary

There are many customs and festivals organized all over Greece on Aug. 15 in commemoration of the Virgin Mary. This day is a public holiday in Greece so Greeks are able to mark one of the most important days in...

Dormition of Virgin Mary: When Was the Greatest Summer Celebration Established?

On August 15 the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Dormition of the Theotokos, a traditional and family-oriented feast of great significance. It is the greatest celebration established by the Greek Orthodox Church in honor of the Mother of Christ,...

Dormition of Theotokos: The 'Easter' of Summer

Greeks consider the Dormition of Theotokos on August 15 to be the "Easter" of summer and celebrate it with great splendor throughout the country. In Imathia, Central Macedonia, faithful from Greece and abroad visit the Panagia Sumela Monastery, a historic...

Northern Greece: Family Tragedy on August 15

A tragic incident that shocked Greece took place today, August 15, on the day of Virgin Mary’s Dormition, in Egnatia motorway near Thessaloniki. A 47-year-old man parked his car at the side of the road, took out his rifle and...

Ecumenical Patriarch’s Fifth Visit to Sumela Monastery

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Sumela Monastery in Turkey for the fifth consecutive year and officiated the Divine Liturgy held in the historic monastery. Hundreds of worshipers attended the liturgy for the Dormition of Virgin Mary in an atmosphere of piety and...