Friday, November 20, 2015

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

The Feast marking the end of the physical Temple in Jerusalem and the beginning of the new era, when God dwells among and in us, as the dwelling place (presence) of God.

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, also called The Presentation, is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on November 21 and December 4.

The little girl Mary (aka Virgin Mary) was taken (presented) by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, where she lived and served as a Temple virgin until her certain age and betrothal to St. Joseph. One of the earliest sources is the 2nd century writing called Protoevangelion of James, a work that was widely read and considered reliable, and alluded to in the liturgical texts and hymns.

Mary was solemnly received by the temple community which was headed by the priest Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. She was led to the holy place to become herself the "holy of holies" of God, the living sanctuary and temple of the Divine child who was to be born in her.

Troparion (Tone 4)

Today is the preview of the good will of God,
Of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.
The Virgin appears in the temple of God,
In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.
Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice,
O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation.

Friday, November 6, 2015

St. Raphael of Brooklyn

First Saturday of November

Rejoice, O Father Raphael, adornment of the holy Church! Thou art champion of the True Faith,
seeker of the lost, consolation of the oppressed, father to orphans and friend of the poor, peacemaker and good shepherd, joy of all the Orthodox, son of Antioch, boast of America. Intercede with Christ God for us and for all who honor thee.

St. Raphael (Hawaweeny), Bishop of Brooklyn

St. Tikhon, then Archbishop of north America, with his two vicar bishops, Innocent (Pustynskii) of Alaska and Raphael (Hawaweeny) of Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Commemoration of Kazan icon of Theotokos and Godchild

Our Lady of Kazan is an icon of the Theotokos popular in Russia since the 16th century. A close-up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress) style, it is noted mainly for the Child standing, with the Virgin chest-length. The Kazan icons are traditionally small, following the original (9×11 inches). The Kazan icon of the Virgin remains popular, especially as a wedding gift.
Monday, September 7, 2015

Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Virgin Mary is celebrated by the Church as a day of universal joy. Within the context of the Old and the New Testaments, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary was born on this radiant day, having been chosen before the ages by Divine Providence to bring about the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. She is revealed as the Mother of the Savior of the World, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Great Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

The feast commemorates the transfiguration (metamorphosis) of Jesus Christ on Mt. Tabor. Immediately after the Lord was recognized by His apostles as “the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the Living God [the Living God in flesh],” He told them that “He must go up to Jerusalem and suffer many things ... and be killed and on the third day be raised” Matthew ch 16.Christ's transfiguration took place at the time of the Jewish Festival of Booths, and the celebration of the event in the

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