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Entrance of the Theotokos

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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 [[Theotokos|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 [[Joseph the Betrothed|St. Joseph]]. One of the earliest sources of this tradition is the non-canonical [[Protoevangelion of James]], also called the ''Infancy Gospel of James''.
:therefore, the angels of God praise her:
:"Truly this woman is the abode of heaven."
==Externial links==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=103357 The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple] - [[OCA]] web site*[http://oca.org/OCchapter.asp?SID=2&ID=86 Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple] - The Orthodox Faith by Fr. [[Thomas Hopko]]*[http://www.goarch.org/en/special/listen_learn_share/vmpresentation/learn/ The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos] - [[GOARCH]] web site
[[Category:Great Feasts]]
[[Category:Feasts]]

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