Friday, October 20, 2017 UTC

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

Nativity_of_the_Mother_of_God_icon SEPT 7: VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM (SN); SEPT 8: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM (SC&M) and 6:30 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.

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