Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, PA
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wisdom of the Church Fathers and the Monastic Life

St. Symeon the New TheologianSt. Symeon the New Theologian What we have to say about the Elder Ieronymos of Aegina judgement is difficult to explain because it is not about present and visible things but about future and invisible ones.

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Dormition of the Theotokos Welcome to the website of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church of Oakmont and Verona! If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, this web site will acquaint you with our parish. To those who already belong to the church, this is YOUR website. We hope you will make full use of it, not only to enrich your relationship with the church and your fellow members, but to strengthen and support our parish and its ministries as well. Read More

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St. Barbara's Philoptochos is hosting a Fall Fashions by Phyllis Luncheon on Sunday, October 26th. Doors will open at 12:30pm. Please call Georgia Pandeladis at 412.795.6713 for tickets.

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Pittsburgh Greek Festivals Guide for 2014 has been published by Holy Trinity.

Two (2) Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) are available. One has been placed in the church & the second is located at Riverside Landings.

Please see the Church Events Calendar for all upcoming Church Services and our parish's ministry happenings! Note that the calendar will not show events that are scheduled for the Church Social Hall or Riverside Landing facility. If you know of an event or would like an event listed, please send email to with the event details.

Orthodox Tidbits — Feast of the Holy Dormition

Dormition of the Theotokos On August 15th of each year (new calendar), the Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition of the Theotokos, or "The Falling Asleep of the Mother of God." Her departure from this earthly life is spoken of in this fashion because death is thought of as a transitory or "sleep-like" state in which the soul remains until the general resurrection and final judgment.

Although the particulars surrounding the death of the Theotokos are not found in the Holy Bible, we have learned about them, as the Fifth Century Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Juvenal, has said, from our Holy Tradition. The Falling Asleep of the Mother of God is found in the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite in the 1st century, as well as those of St. Epiphanius of Cyprus in the 4th century. And the account of her bodily ascent to Heaven was written of by Meliton, Bishop of Sardis, in the 2nd century.

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