The Dormition of the Theotokos — Part 7: Let Me Depart in Peace According to Your Word
At the sight of the approach of her Son the Theotokos exclaimed, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior!” And, behold, a stream of light came upon the Virgin int he presence of her Son, and all the powers of he heavens fell down and adored Him. He then said, “Mary” and she answered “Here am I, Lord”
Looking at her with love, the Lord said, “Arise, come my beloved, My fair one, My dove. Arise from the dead with authority, because Thou art my Mother. Arise and come to Me, My fair dove, for thou art escorted by My angelic hosts. Take up thy soul on thy virginal, incorrupt and divine body that thou mayest soar to the heights of heaven, and go through My spiritual hierarchies, and come unto Me, that thou mayest sit at My right hand, in order to enjoy the throne of thy Kingdom which is prepared for thee since the foundation of the world. Gird thyself with the glorious and gold-embroidered royal garment of thy virtues. Adorn thyself with the luminous glory of thy divine blessedness. Arise, come My beloved, My fair one, My dove; yea come”
Bowing, the Mother of God replied, “Blessed is Thy name, O Lord of Glory and my God, Who was pleased to choose Thy humble handmaiden for the service of Thy mystery. Remember me O King of Glory, in Thy eternal Kingdon. Thou knowest that I have loved Thee with all my heart and have kept the treasure entrusted to me. And now receive my soul in peace and defend me from all the snares of the dark power of Satan”
The Lord then consoled His Mother with words full of love and persuaded her not to fear the power of satan which was already conquered by her. Her called her with love to pass fearlessly from earth to heaven, “Behold, presently thy soul will be translated to the heavens, to the treasures of My Father in exceeding brightness, where there is peace and joy of the holy angels”
The Mother of the Lord answered Him, “Lay Thy right hand upon me, O Lord, and bless me.” And the Lord stretched out his undefiled right hand and blessed His Mother. She then took hold of His hand and exclaimed, “I adore this right hand, which created the heaven and the earth; and I call upon Thy much to be praised name, Christ O God, King of the ages, the Only-Begotten of the Father, to receive Thine handmaid, O Thou Who didst deign to be brought forth by me, in a low estate, to save the race of men through Thine ineffable dispensation; do Thou bestow Thine aid upon every one calling upon, or praying to, or naming the name of Thine handmaid.”
The Apostles asked that she grant a blessing and she said, “Oh Lord Jesus Christ, who art all powerful in heaven and on earth, in this appeal I implore Thy holy name: in every time and place where there is made mention of my name, make that place holy, and glorify them that glorify Thee through my name, accepting from such persons all their offerings, and all their supplications, and all their prayers”
The Lord replied, “Let thy heart rejoice and be glad; for every grace and every gift has been given to thee from My Father in heaven, and from Me and from the Holy Spirit. For every soul that calls upon thy name shall not be ashamed, but will find mercy, and comfort, and support, and confidence both in the world that now is, and in that which is to come, in the presence of My Father in heaven.
She then rose up and blessed each of the Apostles with her own hand and gave glory to God. Then she said, “Ready is my heart, of God, ready is my heart, be it done unto me according to Thy word”
With exceeding joy and rapture at the sight of her Son finally coming to receive her soul, the Virgin surrendered her soul to Him and He stretched forth his undefiled hands and received her holy and unblameless soul.
At once there began wonderful and joyous angelic singing repeating the former words of Gabriel, “Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed are thou amongst women”