CWNews.com - Prompted by the European Court of Human Rights, a Turkish tribunal has given the Ecumenical Patriarchate legal title to a disputed orphanage.

The ruling is a major victory for the Orthodox patriarchate because for the first time, the Turkish government is recognizing the Ecumenical Patriarchate as a legal institution with international standing. The orphanage-- like many other Christian institutions in Turkey-- had been taken over by the government on the basis of an earlier ruling that the rejected the legal claims of the Patriarchate.

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Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)