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  1. Dormition, Feast of Dormitionnoun

    celebration in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Assumption in the Roman Catholic Church and is also celebrated on August 15th


  1. dormitionnoun

    The process of falling asleep.

  2. dormitionnoun

    The process of death or the actual death itself.

  3. dormitionnoun

    The death and assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary.

  4. Etymology: From dormition, from dormitionem.


  1. dormition

    The Dormition of the Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches (except the East Syriac churches). It celebrates the "falling asleep" (death) of Mary the Theotokos ("Mother of God", literally translated as God-bearer), and her being taken up into heaven (bodily assumption). It is celebrated on 15 August (28 August N.S. in the Julian Calendar) as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Dormition not on a fixed date, but on the Sunday nearest 15 August. In Western Churches the corresponding feast is known as the Assumption of Mary, with the exception of the Scottish Episcopal Church, which has traditionally celebrated the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15 August. Christian canonical scriptures do not record the death or Dormition of Mary. Hippolytus of Thebes, a 7th- or 8th-century author, writes in his partially preserved chronology of the New Testament that Mary lived for 11 years after the death of Jesus, dying in AD 41.The use of the term dormition expresses the belief that the Virgin died without suffering, in a state of spiritual peace. This belief does not rest on any scriptural basis, but is affirmed by Orthodox sacred tradition. Some apocryphal writings testify to this opinion, though neither the Orthodox Church nor other Christians accord them scriptural authority. The Orthodox understanding of the Dormition is compatible with Roman Catholic teaching, and was the dominant belief within the Western Church until late in the Middle Ages, when the slightly different belief in the bodily Assumption of Mary into heaven began to gain ground. Pope Pius XII declared the latter a dogma of the Catholic Church in 1950.


  1. dormition

    Dormition refers to the Christian tradition of the Virgin Mary's departure from life, where it is believed she fell asleep (or "dormitio" in Latin) and was assumed into Heaven. The term is significant in Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and some Eastern Catholic churches.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormition in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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