==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 [[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 1:39-49, 56. It is read on all feasts of the Theotokos and includes the [[Magnificat|Theotokos' saying]]: "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my
Saviour, 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 [[Apostolos|epistle reading]] is from [[Hebrews]] 9:1-7, and speaks of the [[Tabernacle (biblical)|tabernacle]] of the old covenant. The [[Gospels|gospel reading]] is taken from Luke 10:38-42 and 11:27-28 together; this reading is also
always read on all feasts of the Theotokos. In it, the Lord says, "blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"