Thursday, December 3, 2020 UTC

DEC 8: FEAST OF THE MATERNITY OF HOLY ANNA (SOLEMN HOLY DAY)

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The church commemorates the Conception of the Theotokos by the Righteous Anna or the day that Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, conceived her. The Feast is celebrated on December 8th or 9th. Anna, who was barren, conceive the Virgin Mary after prayerfully pleading with God if they could become parents.

Troparion: “Today the bonds of barrenness are loosed, for God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna.  He promised, beyond hope, the birth of their godly daughter.  The Indescribable Himself, born of her as a mortal,  commanded us through the angel to sing to her:  Rejoice O Woman full of Grace, the Lord is with you!”

The Gospel reading is Luke 8:16-21 – which refers to a Lamp on a Stand and Jesus’ Mother and Brothers. In this Gospel, it talks about how no one would cover a lighted candle, but instead would place it so that those who enter may see the light and heeds the word of God by reflecting most of Christ. Also, though Jesus’ mother and brothers were present and wanted to see him, Jesus told the crowds that, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”