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- n. The process of falling asleep.
- n. The process of death or the actual death itself.
- n. The death and assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary.
In the eighth century, for example, John Damascene, establishing a direct relationship between the 'dormition' of Mary and the death of Jesus, explicitly affirms the truth of her bodily assumption.
Following this, a twofold tradition - in Jerusalem and in Ephesus - attests to her 'dormition', as the Eastern Christians call it, her 'falling asleep' in God.
Mary asked that the Twelve Apostles be brought to her, then fell into a deep sleep, the dormition, and died peacefully.
Thy departing hence ne thy dormition shall not be without witness.
It is a position anciently known, and modern experience hath allowed it for a sad truth, that absence and time, -- like cold weather, and an unnatural dormition -- will blast and wear out of memory the most endearing obligations; and hence it was that some politicians in love have looked upon the former of these two as a main remedy against the fondness of that passion.
These words came to the Fathers 'minds while meditating on the dormition and assumption of Our Blessed Lady.
Then we consult him upon matters of doctrine, and quiz him tenderly about his powers of dormition, and flatter him, or rather his age, with such phrases as, “The water from thy hand is of the Waters of
6.3 Book of John concerning the dormition of Mary (transitus mariæ) *
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