Our parish belongs to the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America. We are a multi-ethnic community made up of Americans, Bulgarians, Greeks, Romanians, and Slavs. Our services are in English, and visitors are always welcome.
Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church is named for one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church, which is celebrated each year on August 15th. According to Holy Tradition, at the time of her Falling Asleep, the Most Holy Virgin Theotokos was in Jerusalem. While visiting Golgatha, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Her and announced her departure from this life to eternal life. After returning to Bethlehem, she told the disciples about her impending Repose.
At the third hour (9 A.M.) on the day of her Repose, the disciples gathered around the Mother of God and offered praise to God. Suddenly, the inexpressible Light of Divine Glory shone forth, and everyone took fright. Descending from Heaven was Christ, the King of Glory surrounded by hosts of Angels and Archangels and other Heavenly Powers, together with the souls of the Forefathers and the Prophets who had prophesied in ages past concerning the Most Holy Virgin Mary.
Seeing her Son, the Mother of God exclaimed: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God My Savior, for He hath regarded the low estate of His Handmaiden” (Luke 1:46-48) and, rising from Her bed to meet the Lord, She bowed down to Him, and the Lord bid Her enter into Life Eternal. Without any bodily suffering, as though in a happy sleep, the Most Holy Virgin Mary gave Her soul into the hands of Her Son and God.
Troparion of the Feast: "In giving birth, you preserved your virginity. In falling asleep, you did not forsake the world O Theotokos. You were translated to life O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death."
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3: 23)
In our parish, we strive to grow in our faith by offering ourselves in the following areas of church life and fellowship with those in the community:
ALTAR SERVERS, boys who are seven years and older may serve and have the holy responsibilities of tending to the needs of the liturgical services.
CHOIR, the choir sings at three weekly services as well as at all other services such as the Twelve Great Feasts days of the year, weddings, baptisms, and funeral services. Singing hymns of the Church is a beautiful offering and something heavenly. As Saint John Chrysostom writes, "A holy hymn gives birth to piety of soul, creates a good conscience, and is accepted by God in the treasuries of Heaven."
READERS of the Church function officially in conjunction with the Priest and the Choir at all liturgical services. There is no service which does not involve the Reader in some way. While lay people may read or chant in the church at various services, tonsured Readers are men blessed by a bishop or archbishop and who study the services and prepare the readings for each service.
PROSPHORA BAKERS provide the liturgical bread (phosphora) for all Divine Liturgies, as well as special bread for festal occasions such as Pascha and Great Feasts. Bread is baked weekly and is made with prayer and great attention to detail.
BIBLE STUDY classes are offered on Wednesday evenings following Daily Vespers or following Presanctified Liturgy. See the calendar for the current schedule of classes.
CHURCH SCHOOL meets on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy in the fellowship hall.
COFFEE HOUR is our fellowship following Divine Liturgy. All are welcome to stay, have a cup of coffee, and eat. For a current schedule, please see the calendar . If you are interested in signing up for a coffee hour slot, please reach out to Matushka Andrea.
OUTREACH, throughout the year, Dormition participates in many almsgiving and service projects including baby and donation drives to Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater, canned food drive to Hampton Roads Food Bank, donation drives to For Kids homeless shelter, Souper Bowl Sunday drive to support International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and St. Nicholas Uganda Mission in Africa.