The Troparion of the Forefeast invites us to gather on this day in gladness, for the Theotokos is about to depart from earth to heaven.
Troparion (Tone 4) –
Dance with joy, O peoples!
Clap your hands with gladness!
Gather today with fervor and jubilation;
sing with exultation.
The Mother of God is about to rise in glory,
ascending from earth to heaven.
We ceaselessly praise her in song as truly Theotokos.
Kontakion (Tone 4) –
Today the universe dances with joy at your glorious memorial,
and cries out to you, O Mother of God:
"Rejoice, O Virgin, pride of Christians!"
By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org )