Today is the day of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The day when She, making intercession on earth, goes to Eternal glory to Her Son and Lord to become our Heavenly Intercessor! The Intercessor and Advocate for the entire humankind, which in any troubles and circumstances, in the most difficult situations, in diseases and sorrows, puts all hope on the Mother of God!

The simplicity and hope with which people who turn to Her, yearning for help and consolation, cannot be but heard!!! The Mother of God has abundantly granted and is granting her grace and blessing. She generously pours out mercy onto the souls of all those who strive to her with unfeigned faith!!!

In the life of each of us, there are situations when we need support and consolation, and not always there is a person nearby who would listen, help or at least sympathize. However, we should never forget about our Heavenly Mother who is glad to comfort, intercede and protect us at any difficult moment. She, like a real Loving Mother, Covers us with Her protective mantle, and we, as loving children, must not forget to thank Her for her great mercies and blessings!!!

I am confident that today our Heavenly Intercessor prays to the Lord for our long-suffering Ukrainian land, for our people, which needs support and consolation more than ever.

Supporters of Orthodoxy in our Ukrainian land treated the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos with special awe and reverence! It is in honour of the Dormition that the pearls of the Orthodox faith in our land are named – the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and Svyatohorsk and Pochaev Lavras. And it is to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos that a great many of large and small churches throughout our land are dedicated. Therefore, it is joyful to realize that our people, our loving Orthodox hearts, have such a Most Precious Intercessor. Today She stands with us and covers with love all those who glorify Her Most Holy Dormition!!! And we should only exclaim with joy:

"Rejoice, delighted, in Thy Dormition does not leave us."