The Dormition of our Lady Theotokos
If “death of the righteous man is honorable” (cf. Ps. 115:6) and the “memory of the just man is celebrated wiht songs of praise” (Prov. 10:7), how much more ought we to honour with great praises the memory of the holiest of the saints, she by whom all holiness is afforded to the saints! Even so we celebrate today her holy Dormition or translation to another life, whereby, while being “a little lower than angels” (Ps. 8:6), she has ascended incomparably higher than the angels and the archangels and all the super-celestial hosts that are found beyond them. […]
St. Gregory Palamas
Troparion — Tone 1
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.
Kontakion — Tone 2
Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.