The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos is the “Passover of the Theotokos”, Her passing over to the Kingdom of Heaven.
On this day, the Queen of Heaven is especially close to us. No wonder the main temples of all three capitals of Ancient Russia (Kiev, Vladimir, Moscow) were dedicated to this holiday.
In today’s Gospel reading, as well as on the other feasts of the Mother of God except Annunciation, we read the story about the Lord’s visiting the house of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus. In the 4 Gospels, the Church could scarcely find an extract about the Virgin Mary, because She was so humble that She did not want to be mentioned. And even in this reading, when She is “blessed because She fed Jesus”, the Lord said that those who obey the words of God are even more blessed. But nobody obeyed God more than the Most Holy Virgin. That’s why She was chosen and became more honourable than the Cherubim.