Wednesday, August 22, 2018 UTC

SEPT 7 & 8: BIRTH OF THE THEOTOKOS (SOLEMN HOLY DAY)

icon_nativity_of_theotokos SEPT 7: VESPERS – 6:30 PM; SEPT 8: DIVINE LITURGY (SN) – 4:00 PM.

On September 8, we celebrate the first major feast of the liturgical year: the Nativity (birth) of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. This is one of her four major feasts in the course of the year. The stories of the feast are taken from extra-Biblical writings and the Church’s tradition; the hymns of the Liturgy recall the longing of her parents, Joachim and Anna, for a child, but also place the Mother of God in her full context: as a descendent of King David, and the “cause of our joy.” 

On September 9, we commemorate Joachim and Anna; the post-festive days of the Nativity of the Theotokos continue through September 12, the “leave-taking” of the feast.