Blessed Feast! “On December 9 in the Holy Orthodox Church we commemorate Saint Anna’s Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos. Verse: Not like Eve dost thou bring forth children in sorrow, For within thy womb thou bearest joy, O Anna. On the ninth Anna conceived Mary, God’s Mother. After many years of childlessness and fervent prayer, an angel of the Lord announced to Joachim and Anna that that they would be the parents of a daughter, the Virgin Mary, who would bring blessings to the whole human race. The Conception took place at Jerusalem. The Orthodox Church does not accept the teaching that the Mother of God was exempted from the consequences of ancestral sin (death, corruption, sin, etc.) at the moment of her conception by virtue of the future merits of her Son. Only Christ was born perfectly holy and sinless. The Holy Virgin was like everyone else in her mortality and in being subject to temptation, although she committed no personal sins. She was not a deified creature removed from the rest of humanity. If this were the case, she would not have been truly human, and the nature that Christ took from her would not have been truly human either. If Christ does not truly share our human nature, then the possibility of our salvation is in doubt.” – THE SYNAXARION
“Today have the bonds of barrenness been loosened; God, having heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna, promised them openly that they should give birth, beyond hope, to the Maiden of God, from whom He, the infinite One was to be born, becoming man, commanding the angel to shout to her: Rejoice, O full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” – APOLYTIKION OF CONCEPTION OF THE THEOTOKOS BY ST. ANNA IN TONE FOUR
We will celebrate this great feast of the Holy Orthodox Church on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 6:30pm.
Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the three-year-old Most-holy Virgin, led by her father and mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments as was befitting the “King’s daughter, the Bride of God” (Psalm 44:13-15).
Following them were many kinsmen and friends, all with lighted tapers. Fifteen steps led up to the Temple. Joachim and Anna lifted the Virgin onto the first step, then she ran quickly to the top herself, where she was met by the High Priest Zachariah, who was to be the father of St. John the Forerunner. Taking her by the hand, he led her not only into the Temple, but into the “Holy of Holies,” the holiest of holy places, into which no one but the high priest ever entered, and only once each year, at that. Zachariah “was outside himself and possessed by God” when he led the Virgin into the holiest place in the Temple, beyond the second curtain—otherwise, his action could not be explained.
The Most-holy Virgin remained in the Temple and dwelt there for nine full years. While her parents were alive, they visited her often. When God called her parents from this world, the Most-holy Virgin was left an orphan and did not wish to leave the Temple until death or to enter into marriage. The Most-holy Virgin Mary was the first of such life-vowed virgins, of the thousands and thousands of virgin men and women who would follow her in the Church of Christ.
Through her intercessions, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us, and save us. Amen.
From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
The Divine Liturgy: Part 3 – “By Thy precious Blood, O Lord, wash away the sins.” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee. (Wednesday, October 21, 2020)
From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
“The Divine Liturgy: Part 2 – The Precious Gifts Set Forth” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee. (Wednesday, October 14, 2020)
From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
“The Divine Liturgy: Part 1 -‘Blessed is the Kingdom’ thru the New Testament Reading” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee. (Wednesday, October 7, 2020)
Please join us in person for the next session being presented on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7pm.
From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
“Church History: Covering 2,000 years in a Fast 55 Minutes!” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee (Wednesday, September 9, 2020)
Please join us in person for the next session being presented on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7pm.
Just a reminder – We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September, 8, 2020. Please join us for this Great Feast of the Church when we celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mother of Christ. All are welcome to join us for this glorious celebration.
“Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.” (- APOLYTIKION OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS IN TONE FOUR)