Skip to comments.Feast of the The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos December 9th
Posted on 12/09/2010 4:28:11 AM PST by Kolokotronis
According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
Against all hope, the bonds of barrenness are loosed today. For, God has hearkened unto Joachim and Anna clearly promising that they would bear a godly maiden. He who commanded the angel to cry out to her, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you," will be born of her, the infinite One Himself, becoming man.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Today the world rejoices in the conception of Anna, wrought by God. For she bore the One who beyond comprehension conceived the Logos.
Conception of the Theotokos ping!
Do you happen to have an icon of the feast? I love the tenderness it shows between Mary's parents.
It must have great to have the angel inform them in advance that their child would turn out well.
Don’t even the colors (maybe especially of the clothes) havae meaning in icons?
That’s the icon I meant. Thank you.
Thank you for posting this.
You are both very welcome.
Thank you for posting this. I love the Kontakion. Would you add me to your Orth list?
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