Tradition relates that the Mother of God died in Jerusalem, after a visit with all of Christ’s apostles. They carried her coffin to the Garden of Gethsemane where it was placed into a tomb. The apostle Thomas came late, and asked that the tomb might be opened so that he could reverence her body. When opened, the tomb was found empty except for the winding sheet.
Troparion: O Theotokos, in giving birth you preserved virginity; and in your falling a-sleep you did not for-sake the world. You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, and through your pray’rs you deliver our souls from death.