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The Church also celebrates other [[saint]]s who were sanctified in the womb of their mothers. St [[John the Baptist]] is one example; St [[Nicholas of Myra|Nicholas the Wonderworker]] is another.
The feast is not exactly nine months before the feast of the [[Nativity of the Theotokos]] ( [[September 8]]) as it is in the West, but one day later. Many have taught this is to show that God alone is perfect.