Sunday, October 17, 2021 UTC

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

Nativity_of_the_Mother_of_God_icon  SEPT 7: VESPERS – 6:30 PM, SEPT 8: DIVINE LITURGY –  6:00 PM (LIVE-STREAMED). NOTE: Cary’s State of Emergency declaration, effective August 18, 2021 at 5 p.m., requires masks in all public and private indoor spaces within Cary’s town limits. This includes citizens over the age of five, regardless of vaccination status.

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

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

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.”

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.