Each of the transliterated Greek words which make up the name, the Dormition of the Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches which commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of Mary the Theotokos ("Mother of God", literally translated as God-bearer), and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into heaven. It is celebrated on 15 August (28 August N.S. for those following 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.
The death or Dormition of Mary is not recorded in the Christian canonical scriptures.
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 Christian Holy Tradition. It is testified to in some old Apocryphal writings, but neither the Orthodox Church nor other Christians regard these as possessing scriptural authority..
Since 1976 our mission has been to foster a faith based community built upon the friendships we create at our parish. Our programs and events are focused on creating the Orthodox Christian atmosphere which quite honestly is what we all aspire to,since the Orthodox church was founded by Jesus Christ
Panagia Church is part or the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Prelate: His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios, headquartered in Toronto.
The architectural style is Byzantine, with the typical central dome about 80 feet high symbolizing Jesus Christ as head of the Church. On the fade, surmounting an arch which embraces the three main entrance doors, is found in relief the two-headed eagle which expresses the unity of the Byzantine State and the Church. It was the feeling of the early Byzantines that the Church would baptize the whole spirit and organization of society and the Emperor would provide for the physical welfare of the people as the vicar of God on Earth.
Plans for the interior decoration were drawn up in 1995. Of the more than 90 icons all mostly done in acrylic were executed by the Greek Island of Evia Iconographer and painter Demtrios Vernezos. As with many Greek Orthodox Church's the need to assure that the scheme of the iconography, adapted from that of the churches in Constantinople after 843 A.D. (when the Iconoclastic Controversy had finally ended with the return of icons in churches), is authentically represented. The combined total seating capacity of the nave and the balcony reaches almost 400.
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