This volume brings together the earliest attempts by Greek
theologians and preachers to interpret Mary's dormition, or
"falling asleep" in the Lord, in the light of the whole Paschal
Mystery. In addition to the sermon of Bishop John of Thessalonica,
the earliest "official" retelling by an Orthodox bishop of the
traditional narrative of Mary's entry into heavenly glory, the
collection includes eleven other homiles from the seventh and
eighth centuries, as well as a metrical translation of St. John of
Damascus' canon for the feast. Some of the authors, like St. John
of Damascus, St. Andrew of Crete and St. Germanus of
Constantinople, are well known - others less so. All of the works
gathered here represent profound and original efforts to integrate
the celebration of Mary's death into the wider context of the
Christian theology of redemption.
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