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Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What a glorious Feast we celebrate this day! We sing with the Angels of God:

Ἐν τῇ Γεννήσει τὴν παρθενίαν ἐφύλαξας, ἐν τῇ Κοιμήσει τὸν κόσμον οὐ κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε.

In giving Birth you preserved your virginity, and in Your Dormition you have not forsaken the world, O Theotokos.