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SEPT 7, 8 & 9: BIRTH OF THE THEOTOKOS (SOLEMN HOLY DAY) AND SYNAXIS OF JOACHIM AND ANNA

Nativity_of_the_Mother_of_God_icon  SEPT 7: VESPERS – 6:00 PM, SEPT 8: DIVINE LITURGY –  6:00 PM (LIVE-STREAMED).

VESPER PROPERS: 09-08_Nativity_Theotokos_Vespers

PROPERS: 09-08_Nativity_Theotokos_DL

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/directory

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 descendant of King David, and the “cause of our joy.”

THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY according to THE BYZANTINE RITE (from Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/the-nativity-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-according-to-the-byzantine-rite/

Devotion of Byzantine Catholics to the Mother Of God (from Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/devotion-of-byzantine-catholics-to-the-mother-of-god/

PRAYERS TO THE BLESSED MOTHER OF GOD according to THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION (from Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/prayers-to-the-blessed-mother-of-god-according-to-the-byzantine-rite-tradition/

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.

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