Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sleeping; the state or condition of sleep, especially a prolonged one.
- n. 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
“In the Eastern churches it is called the Dormition, or sleeping of our Lady.”
“Dormition" is a handy, Latinate figure for her "falling asleep"; in the Greek, the word is "kimisis," (ÎºÎ¿Î¯Î¼Î·ÏÎ¹Ï), and is the word from which our "cemetery" derives.”
“Dormition" is a handy, Latinate figure for her "falling asleep"; in the Greek, the word is "kimisis," (κοίμησις), and is the word from which our "cemetery" derives.”
“I like the "Dormition" theme a lot better, though.”
“I want to write about crazy Italian narcopleptics and the Dormition of Mary forever and ever.”
“The view from the window is of a pomegranate tree, the Hagia Maria Sion, formerly known as the Abbey of the Dormition, where the Virgin Mary is said to have fallen into eternal sleep and, following the curve of the next hill, the sombre grey line of the barrier that separates the citizens of Jerusalem from those of the West Bank.”
“Turn again and there are 12 panels from the magnificent iconostasis, or rood screen, of the Cathedral of the Dormition in Moscow.”
“The feast occurred very near the mid-point of what would otherwise be the two-week long Dormition Fast -- relaxing the fasting rules a bit, and bringing fish to the table.”
“This Sunday, August 15, our brief fasting period ends as we celebrate another of our Twelve Great Feasts, the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God -- better known in the Western Church as the Assumption of Mary.”
“The Dormition of the Theotokos, the God-bearer, is the day we commemorate her falling asleep.”
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