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Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition of the Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches which commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of Mary the Theotokos, her bodily resurrection before being taken up into heaven. It is celebrated on 15 August as the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God; the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Dormition not on a fixed date, but on the Sunday nearest 15 August. The death or Dormition of Mary is not recorded in the Christian canonical scriptures. Hippolytus of Thebes, a 7th- or 8th-century author, claims in his preserved chronology to the New Testament that Mary lived for 11 years after the death of Jesus, dying in AD 41; the term Dormition expresses the belief that the Virgin died without suffering, in a state of spiritual peace. This belief does not rest on any scriptural basis, but is affirmed by Orthodox Christian Holy Tradition, it is testified to in some old Apocryphal writings, but neither the Orthodox Church nor other Christians regard these as possessing scriptural authority.

The Feast of the Dormition is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast. From August 1 to August 14 Orthodox and Eastern Catholics fast from red meat, meat products, dairy products, fish and wine; the Dormition Fast is a stricter fast than either the Nativity Fast or the Apostles' Fast, with only wine and oil allowed on weekends. As with the other Fasts of the Church year, there is a Great Feast. In some places, the services on weekdays during the Dormition Fast are similar to the services during Great Lent. Many churches and monasteries in the Russian tradition perform the lenten services on at least the first day of the Dormition Fast. In the Greek tradition, during the Fast either the Great Paraklesis or the Small Paraklesis is celebrated every evening except Saturday evening and the Eves of the Transfiguration and the Dormition; the first day of the Dormition Fast is a feast day called the Procession of the Cross, on which day it is customary to have an outdoor procession and perform the Lesser Blessing of Water.

In Eastern Orthodoxy it is the day of the Holy Seven Maccabees, Martyrs Abimus, Gurias, Eusebonus and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia, their teacher Eleazar. Therefore, the day is sometimes referred to as "Makovei", it is considered the First of the three "Feasts of the Saviour" in August, the Feast to the All-Merciful Saviour and the Most Holy Mother of God. In Orthodoxy and Catholicism, in the language of the scripture, death is called a "sleeping" or "falling asleep". A prominent example of this is the name of this feast; the Dormition tradition is associated with various places, most notably with Jerusalem, which contains Mary's Tomb and the Basilica of the Dormition, Ephesus, which contains the House of the Virgin Mary, with Constantinople where the Cincture of the Theotokos was enshrined from the 5th through 14th centuries. The first four Christian centuries are silent regarding the end of the Virgin Mary's life, though it is asserted, without surviving documentation, that the feast of the Dormition was being observed in Jerusalem shortly after the Council of Ephesus.

Up until the 5th century Church Fathers do not mention the death of the Virgin, before the 4th-5th century Dormition was not celebrated among the Christians as a holy day. For example, Epiphanius of Salamis, a Jew by birth, born in Phoenicia, converted to Christianity in adulthood and lived as a monk for over 20 years in Palestine from 335–340 to 362, writes in "Panarion" in "Contra antidicomarianitas" about the death of the Virgin Mary the following: If any think am mistaken, let them search through the scriptures any neither find Mary's death, nor whether or not she died, nor whether or not she was buried—even though John travelled throughout Asia, and yet, nowhere does. Scripture kept silence because of the overwhelming wonder, not to throw men's minds into consternation. For I dare not say—though I have my suspicions, I keep silent. Just as her death is not to be found, so I may have found some traces of the holy and blessed Virgin.... The holy virgin may have died and been buried—her falling asleep was with honour, her death in purity, her crown in virginity.

Or she may have been put to death—as the scripture says,'And a sword shall pierce through her soul'—her fame is among the martyrs and her holy body, by which light rose on the world, amid blessings. Or she may have remained alive. No one knows her end, but we must not honour the saints to excess. It is time for the error of those. Christians in the late 4th century had different opinions regarding Mary's death. For this reason, for example, wrote: Neither the letter of Scripture nor Tradition does not teach us that Mary had left this life as a consequence of suffering from bodily ulcers; the earliest Dormition traditions surface in manuscripts at some point in the late 5th century, when three distinct narrative traditions describing the end of Mary's life appear. Stephen Shoemaker characterised them as the "Palm of the Tree of L

Rawle Marshall

Rawle Junior Kalomo Marshall is a Guyanese-American professional basketball player who last played for Shahrdari Gorgan of the Iranian Super League. Marshall is a 2000 graduate of Detroit's Mackenzie High School, where he was salutatorian of his senior class. Marshall's favorite basketball player as a youth was Penny Hardaway. Marshall spent his college freshman season at Ball State University, but moved to Oakland University for his final three collegiate seasons, he was named Mid-Continent Conference's Newcomer of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year during his sophomore season in 2002–03. During his senior season in 2004 -- 05, he helped. Marshall was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, his stats during his three years with Oakland were 18.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 2.2 steals per game and 1.1 blocks per game. He became Oakland University's all-time leader in blocked shots in 90 games played. Not selected during the 2005 NBA Draft, Marshall has participated in several NBA Summer Leagues.

His performances helped him to earn a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on August 5, 2005. Marshall did not find the court much early in his rookie season with the Mavericks. Instead, Marshall was sent to the NBA D-League team the Fort Worth Flyers, where he averaged 17.4 points per game. He returned to the Dallas Mavericks, where he started multiple games due to injuries to Josh Howard, Adrian Griffin, Devin Harris. While his minutes still were limited, he surpassed the expectations that surrounded an average undrafted rookie. However, he did not make the Mavericks' playoffs roster in 2006. On July 23, 2006, Marshall was traded to the Indiana Pacers, along with Darrell Armstrong and Josh Powell, for Anthony Johnson, he spent the 2006–07 season with the Pacers. Marshall played with the Serbian club KK Hemofarm during the 2007–08 season, he played with Hemofarm in that season's EuroCup and the regional Adriatic League. He averaged 17.3 points per game in the 15.7 points per game in the Adriatic League.

With his team Hemofarm he reached last 16 in EuroCup, where they lost to finalist Akasvayu Girona. He was finalist in Adriatic league and Basketball League of Serbia, where in both cases Hemofarm was defeated by KK Partizan, he moved to the Croatian League club KK Cibona for the 2008–09 season, a club of the regional Adriatic League and of the top European-wide competition the EuroLeague. He was honored as the EuroLeague Round 7 MVP during the 2008–09 season, he joined the LNB Pro A club ASVEL in 2009. In August 2010 he joined PAOK. In July 2011, he signed with BC Astana in Kazakhstan. In October 2013, he signed with CSU Asesoft Ploiești. On December 7, 2014, Marshall signed with Koroivos Amaliadas of Greece. List of foreign basketball players in Serbia ACB League Profile FIBA.com Profile Euroleague.net Profile Eurobasket.net Profile

Hugo Hasslo

Hugo Hasslo was a Swedish operatic baritone. Hasslo studied in Stockholm with Hjaldis Ingebjart and Joseph Hislop and made his debut at the Stockholm Opera, as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, in 1940, where he remained until 1964 establishing himself as first baritone, he was admired in the Italian repertory singing roles such as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, the title role in Macbeth and Rigoletto, di Luna in Il trovatore, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Marcello in La boheme, etc. He sang in Mozart and Wagner operas, attempted the tenor role of Cavaradossi in Tosca, in 1943. In Stockholm, he took part in the creation of Natanael Berg's Genoveva, in 1947, in Kurt Atterberg's Der Sturm, in 1948, he made guest appearances in Hamburg, the Royal Opera House in London, the Edinburgh Festival, the latter two in 1959. Hasslo was much appreciated in concert and appeared in oratorios. 1952 - Tchaikowsky - Eugen Onegin - Hugo Hasslo, Rudolf Schock, Sena Jurinac, Gisela Litz, Gottlob Frick - Hamburg Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Wilhelm Schüchter - Cantus Classics 1953 - Verdi - Don Carlo - Aase Nordmo-Lövberg, Dagmar Herrmann, Libero de Luca, Hugo Hasslo, Josef Greindl, Hans-Herbert Fiedler - Hamburg Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Wilhelm Schüchter - Cantus Classics 1959 - Verdi - Rigoletto - Hugo Hasslo, Margareta Hallin, Nicolai Gedda, Kerstin Meyer, Arne Tyren - Stockholm Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Sixten Ehrling - Operissimo.com