Monday, September 26, 2022 UTC

SEPT 30: FEAST OF THE PROTECTION OF THE THEOTOKOS (SOLEMN HOLY DAY) (OCT 1)

protectionTheotokosBlue     SEPT 30: VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

PROPERS: 10-01_Protection_Theotokos_DL

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The Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos (October 1st) commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the early sixth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ’s sake.

“The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God (cited from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute)

On October 1, we celebrate the feast of the Protection (or Patronageof the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. This feast is particularly kept among the Slavs, and commemorates several occasions on which the Mother of God saved the city of Constantinople from plague or military assault. In our own times, we too have recourse to the intercession of the Theotokos. As we hear in the kontakion of the feast:

Today, the Virgin is present in the Church
and, with the choirs of saints, invisibly prays to God for us.
The angels worship with the hierarchs;
the apostles rejoice with the prophets;
because the Theotokos prays for us to the eternal God.”