Entrance of the Theotokos

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:"Truly this woman is the abode of heaven."
 
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===Forefeast hymns===  
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Troparion (Tone 4)  
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Troparion (Tone 4)
:Today from the stem of Jesse and from the loins of David,
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:Today Anna bequeaths joy to all instead of sorrow by bringing forth her fruit, the only ever-Virgin.
:The handmaid of God Mary is being born for us.
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:In fulfillment of her vow,
:Therefore all creation is renewed and rejoices!
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:Today with joy she brings to the temple of the Lord
:Heaven and earth rejoice together.
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:the true temple and pure Mother of God the Word.
:Praise her, you families of nations,
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:For Joachim rejoices and Anna celebrates crying out:
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:"The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our life!"
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Kontakion (Tone 3)  
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Kontakion (Tone 4)  
:Today the Virgin Theotokos Mary
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:Today the universe is filled with joy
:The bridal chamber of the Heavenly Bridegroom
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:At the glorious feast of the Mother of God, and cries out:  
:By the will of God is born of a barren woman,
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:"She is the heavenly tabernacle."
:Being prepared as the chariot of God the Word.
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:She was fore-ordained for this, since she is the divine gate and the true Mother of Life.
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==Externial links==
 
==Externial links==

Revision as of 06:27, January 9, 2008

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

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

According to Tradition, the Virgin Mary was taken —presented—by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served as a Temple virgin until her betrothal to St. Joseph. One of the earliest sources of this tradition is the non-canonical Protoevangelion of James, also called the Infancy Gospel of James.

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. The Church also sees this feast as a feast which marks the end of the physical temple in Jerusalem as the dwelling place of God.

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Celebration of the feast

On the eve of the feast, Vespers is served and contains Old Testament readings that are interpreted as symbols of the Mother of God, for she becomes the living temple of God. In each reading we hear, "for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord God Almighty." (Exodus 40:1-5, 9-10, 16, 34-35; I Kings 7:51, 8:1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-11; and Ezekiel 43:27-44)

Sometimes Matins is served on the morning of the feast. The Gospel reading is from Luke 1:39-49, 56. It is read on all feasts of the Theotokos and includes the Theotokos' saying: "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden, for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed."

Divine Liturgy is served on the day on the feast. The epistle reading is from Hebrews 9:1-7, and speaks of the tabernacle of the old covenant. The gospel reading is taken from Luke 10:38-42 and 11:27-28 together; this reading is also read on all feasts of the Theotokos. In it, the Lord says, "blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 4) [1]

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,
0 Divine Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation.

Kontakion (Tone 4)

The most pure Temple of the Savior;
The precious Chamber and Virgin;
The sacred Treasure of the glory of God,
Is presented today to the house of the Lord.
She brings with her the grace of the Spirit,
Therefore, the angels of God praise her:
"Truly this woman is the abode of heaven."

Forefeast hymn

Troparion (Tone 4)

Today Anna bequeaths joy to all instead of sorrow by bringing forth her fruit, the only ever-Virgin.
In fulfillment of her vow,
Today with joy she brings to the temple of the Lord
the true temple and pure Mother of God the Word.

Kontakion (Tone 4)

Today the universe is filled with joy
At the glorious feast of the Mother of God, and cries out:
"She is the heavenly tabernacle."

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