It is very important to understand that the Mother of God, the Most Holy Theotokos, was a virgin her entire life.  She never hung around boys or went out on dates.  She did not read books or magazines about boys.  She did not have silly conversations or joke around about bad things.  She did not even think about the kinds of things we see and hear every day at school, on the radio and on television. 

Her mind and body were dedicated to God.   She was pure and holy.  And, she was always pure and holy.  Even after she had the baby Jesus our Lord, she was still pure and holy, in body and soul.

After living many years doing God’s will, the Archangel announced to the Theotokos that she would repose, or die, in three days.  She joyfully said good bye to all the people she knew.  Her death was peaceful and she was buried with honor at the Mount of Olives.

What kind of virgins are we?
 Do we keep our minds clean and our bodies untouched to be ready to do God’s will?

Απολυτίκιον.  Ήχος  α΄.

Eν τη Γεννήσει, την παρθενίαν εφύλαξας.  Εν τη Κοιμήσει, τον κόσμον ου κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε.  Μετέστης πρός την ζωήν, Μήτηρ υπάρχουσα της ζωής και ταις πρεσβείαις ταις σαις λυτρουμένη, εκ θανάτου τας ψυχάς ημών.

A paraphrase of  the Dismissal Hymn

When you gave birth, you remained a virgin; when you fell asleep, you did not stop caring for the world, O Theotokos.  You were brought from death into eternal life, since you are the Mother of Life; and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death. 

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