Dormitio

Also known as

  • Falling Asleep of Mary

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A title in the Greek Church for the feast of the Assumption.

Saint John Damascene entitles his homily on the AssumptionIn Dormitionem Marire” (On the Falling Asleep of Mary).

It was also the title of an early apocryphal work, “Transitus Mariæ,” c.4th century, falsely attributed to Saint John the Evangelist, and describing the death of the Blessed Virgin.

A work of this title was condemned by Pope Gelasius, 494.

MLA Citation

  • “Dormitio”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2013. Web. 21 October 2017. <>