Happy Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God! The Divine Liturgy propers from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute share the following tradition about this feast:
"Tradition relates that the Mother of God died in Jerusalem, after a visit with all of Christ’s apostles. They carried her coffin to the Garden of Gethsemane where it was placed into a tomb. The apostle Thomas came late, and asked that the tomb might be opened so that he could reverence her body. When opened, the tomb was found empty except for the winding sheet."
Mother Cecilia wrote the following poem on her recent 30-day retreat, and would like to share it with you for this feast. Enjoy!
July 3, 2020 – Roman Catholic feast of the Apostle Thomas
perhaps it wasn’t your fault
that Jesus came that evening you were away,
stepping through the locked door,
making tremble the hearts of the apostles
as He pierced them with His Holy Spirit
you traveled the farthest
of any of these apostles,
having been expanded by doubt and longing,
seeing and touching fire;
your humiliation compelled you
what grief did you feel
when you arrived late for our Mother’s Dormition?
The angels flew each apostle to her side,
yet you alone they carried slowly.
It was your tears that opened for us her empty tomb
and our hope.