August 28

Dormition of the Theotokos, 
Russian Orthodox Church

Orthodox and Catholic churches share the belief that the Mother of God did not suffer bodily decay and celebrate a major feast in honor of her entrance into heaven on August 15. But Orthodox churches using the Julian liturgical calendar (Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, and Macedonian) celebrate the feast on the corresponding "New Style" date of August 28. Preceded by a two-week fast, the Feast of the Dormition marks the end of summer harvest. Although "dormition" means "falling asleep," Orthodoxy is somewhat more certain than Catholicism of Mary's natural death and bodily resurrection three days later. And although conveyed to heaven, her body's persistence implies a unique ability to continue helping believers on earth. Russian Orthodox liturgy on this day proclaims:    

In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity,

and in thy falling asleep thou hast not forsaken the world, O Theotokos.

Thou hast been translated to life, as thou art the Mother of Life,

and by thy supplications thou dost deliver our souls from death.

Sources include:

"Dormition of the Theotokos," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,
"Успение Пресвятой Богородицы и Приснодевы Марии - 28 августа," Календарь событий 2012,
"Orthodox Calendar," Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, (liturgy)
"Георгий Битбунов. Успение Пресвятой Богородицы," Православие.Ru, (picture)

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Dormition icon, Novgorod, early 1200s, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Surrounded by angels and mourning apostles, Christ receives his mother's 

Also commemorated this date:

Pühtitsa Mother of God, Kuremäe, Illuka, Ida-Viru, Estonia. Miraculous Dormition icon in Orthodox convent church.
Notre-Dame de Grâce, Maillane, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. Cholera epidemic stopped after community prayer, 1854.
Khakhuli Icon of the Virgin Mary, Tblisi, Georgia
Beata Vergine Madre del Buon Consiglio, Curtatone, Mantova, Lombardy, Italy, Buscoldo district. Livestock healed, 1746.
Madonna della Salute di Monteortone, Abano Terme, Padova, Veneto, Italy. Church consecrated, 1435; reconsecrated, 1495.
Santa Maria di Siponto, Manfredonia, Foggia, Apulia, Italy. Byzantine icon crowned, 1955. Festa Aug. 31.
Matka Boża Pani Raciborza, Racibórz, Silesia, Poland. Icon crowned, 1932. 
Matka Boża Pocieszenia, Górka Duchowna, Lipno, Leszczyński, Wielkopolskie, Poland (Consoling Mother of God). c1300s icon crowned, 1976. 
Matka Boża Pocieszenia, Pasierbiec, Limanowa, Lesser Poland, Poland. 1700s painting crowned, 1993.
Matka Boża Pocieszenia, Czermna, Szerzyny, Tarnów, Lesser Poland, Poland. Painting crowned, 2011.
Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Barrancos, Beja, Alentejo, Portugal. Mass and procession open three-day festa with bullfights each day.
Mother of God of Great Remeta, Irig, District, Vojvodina, Serbia. Feast of miraculous icon in Orthodox monastery (Aug. 15 Julian).
Zosnutia Presvätej Bohorodičky, Šašová, Bardejov, Prešov, Slovakia (Death of the Virgin). Greek Catholic church feast on a near Sunday.
Virgen de los Caballeros, Villavieja de Yeltes, Salamanca, Castile-Leon, Spain (Virgin of the Knights). Procession, dances.
Virgen de la Fuensanta, Huelma, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain. Napoleon spared town, 1811. Fiesta 1st Sun. in May, romería 1st Sun. in Sept.
Virgen de Tíscar, Quesada, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain. Last day of romería; statue returns to sanctuary.
Virgen de la Aurora, Monturque, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain (Virgin of the Dawn). Procession. Fair nearest weekend.
Unsere Liebe Frau, Werthenstein, Entlebuch, Lucerne, Switzerland. Chapel inaugurated, 1520. Pilgrimage Aug. 15.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly