Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Archbishop William Celebrates at St. Gregory in Upper St. Clair, PA.

For the Vigil of the Dormition of the Theotokos on Aug. 14, the faithful of St. Gregory welcomed Archbishop William Skurla. Following the welcome of Archbishop William, we continued with the evening service, which commemorates the “falling-asleep” and the translation, or assumption, into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.

The highlight of this beautiful service was the procession with the Dormition Shroud led by our parish children. At the conclusion, the faithful had the opportunity to venerate the Dormition Shroud and receive Festal Anointing.

The evening continued with summer refreshments in our Church hall prepared by our dedicated faithful. Our parish children enjoyed playing together on the parish playground and preparing s’mores at the fire pit. This was a wonderful evening for all, celebrating the Pascha of the Theotokos.