Annunciation of the birth of the Virgin Mary to Joachim – 7 Mesra/August 13

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

On this day, August 13th, 7 Mesra, in the fullness of time according to the Divine Will, as the time drew near for the redeemer to be born, the angel of the Lord was sent to announce Joachim, while he was on the mountain praying, that his wife Anna would conceive and bear a child that would delight his eyes and please his heart; and likewise all the world would rejoice and be glad. He announced to him the birth of the Virgin Mary, the mother of the incarnated God. This righteous man and his wife Anna (Hannah) were old and had no children. Joachim immediately went down the mountain believing what the angel told him, and he told his wife Anna of what he saw and heard. She rejoiced, gave thanks to the Lord, and vowed that the child who was to be born to her would become a servant in the house of the Lord all the days of her/his life. She conceived, and gave birth to this Saint and called her Mary who had become the Queen of all women of the world, and through her we have received the grace.

The birth of St. Mary – 1 Pashons/May 9                                          

On May 9th, 1 Pashons, the church celebrates the birth of the pure Virgin St. Mary, the Mother of God (Theotokos), through whom Salvation came to mankind. She was born in the city of Nazareth, where her parents lived.

The Entry of St. Mary into the temple – 3 Kiahk/December 13

On December 13th, 3 Kiahk, the church commemorates the entrance of our holy Lady, the Virgin, Saint Mary, the Theotokos, into the Temple when she was three years old, for she was dedicated to God. Her mother, Anna (Hannah) prayed to God fervently and with a contrite heart saying, “If You give me a fruit, I will devote the child to Your Holy Temple.” Her parents took her to the temple in Jerusalem to live the life of ministry, devotion and worship. Virgin Mary lived at the temple and grew up to be deeply pious and obedient to God. She prayed and read the scriptures and was taught the law of God.

May her holy blessings be with us all, Amen