Shoonoyo: A Glimpse of Salvation

By your life, O Mother of God, you showed us the path to the Source of Life. And by your death, you revealed to us the greatness of the grace that our Lord has given us through His redeeming work.

⏩ Swipe left through the slides in the Instagram post below to learn more about the Feast of Shoonoyo or Assumption of St. Mary, which we in the Syriac Orthodox Church celebrate on August 15 every year.

▶️ Please share and comment below if you learned something new today.


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  5. Daley, Brian J. On The Dormition: Early Patristic Homilies. St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1998.
  6. “The Shoonoyo, the ‘Assumption,” and The Intiqāl.” Living Maronite, 14 Aug. 2017,
  7. “The Feast of the Assumption.” Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Archdiocese of the Western United States, 11 Aug. 2018,
  8. Hopko, Fr. Thomas. The Orthodox Faith – Dormition of The Theotokos. Orthodox Church in America,
  9. Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, The Mother of God And Ever-Virgin Mary. Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America,
  10. His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. “The Virgin’s Assumption.” The Holy Virgin Mary in the Syrian Orthodox Church, Malankara World,
  11. “The Mother Of God (Yoldath Aloho).” Malankara Syriac Christian Resources,
  12. “Dr. Sebastian Brock – Dormition and Assumption of Mary in the Syriac Fathers”, YouTube, uploaded by Reason & Theology,

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