Tonight's service is the only one of its kind all year long, and in it we will prepare for the Dormition (Falling Asleep/Repose) of the Theotokos. We sing Lamentations, just like we do on Holy Friday for our Lord, and the melodies are the same, though the text is all for the Theotokos. Absolutely beautiful!
In addition, we will be processing around the Church on our new cement! We will be carrying a small decorated bier (like we do on Holy Friday for our Lord), with an epitaphios of the Theotokos woven on it. This is a tradition in the old country, but you do not always see it done here.
What a blessed opportunity to literally process, offering prayers and commemorations around our new Church, step by step on the new pathway around our Church.
Come one, come all! The service begins at 6pm.