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
From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
“The Sacramental Life of the Church: The Daily, Weekly and Annual Cycles” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee. (Wednesday, September 23, 2020)
Please join us in person for the next session being presented on Wednesday, September 30, 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)
Just a reminder that we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30pm. Please join us if you are able.
“Verily, the God-mantled Apostles were caught up on all sides, ascending the clouds by a divine sign. And they came up to thy most pure, life-originating resting-place to kiss it reverently. As for the most sublime heavenly powers, they came with their own chief. To escort, enwrapped in awe, thine all-honored, God-receiving body, they went before in a super-earthly manner, shouting invisibly to the heavenly ranks: Behold the Queen of all, the divine Maiden, has come. Lift up the gates and receive super-earthly-wise the Mother of everlasting Light. For through her hath salvation come to the whole human race. And she is the one on whom it is impossible to gaze, and whom we never can honor sufficiently. For the honor through which she became sublime transcendeth all understanding. Wherefore, O undefiled Theotokos, everlasting with thy life-bearing Son, intercede with Him unceasingly that He may preserve and save thy new people from every hostile assault; for we have taken thee unto us as our helper. Therefore, do we magnify thee with voices of joy unto all ages.” – DOXASTICON FOR THE DORMITION, from Great Vespers for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos