St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Special Services during the Dormition Fast

TheotokosDuring the fast periods throughout the year, the Church encourages us to participate more in prayer, almsgiving, and (of course) fasting.  During the Dormition Fast (August 1 - 14) specifically, we have the opportunity to pray the Paraklesis service to the Theotokos.  Here's a brief explanation of this service in the hopes that you will join us (either in person or online!):

Paraklesis - Supplication to the Most Holy Theotokos

The Paraklesis is a service of supplication for the welfare of the living. It is addressed to a Saint, whose intercessions are sought through the chanting of a supplicatory canon and other hymns. The most popular Paraklesis Service is that in which the supplicatory canon and other hymns are addressed to the Most Holy Theotokos.
 
If you would like to add some names of living loved ones to the Paraclesis prayer list, please contact Fr. Antony.

Check our calendar to join us for our next liturgical service.