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Mother Mary is Entering the Temple

The great celebration of the Theotokos is the commemoration of Mary's entrance as a child into the Jerusalem Temple, which is celebrated on Nov. 21.

Today, we celebrate the glory of God
and the announcement of the Salvation of Humanity.
In the Temple of God, does the Virgin glorily show herself
And welcomes the Christ.
We are to help her.
Hail to the accomplishment of Christ’s arrival.

Like the nativity, the feast is filled with important spiritual significance for Orthodox believers.

The texts of the service tells how Mary was brought as a small child to the temple by her parents in order to be raised there among the virgins consecrated to the service of the Lord until the time of their betrothal in marriage.

According to Church tradition, Mary was solemnly received by the temple community which was headed by the priest Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist.

She was led to the holy place to be “nourished” there by the angels in order to become herself the “holy of holies” of God, the living sanctuary and temple of the Divine child who was to be born in her.

The main theme of the celebration of Mary’s entrance to the Temple, repeated many times in the liturgical services, is the fact that she enters the Temple to become herself the living temple of God.

She thereby inaugurates the New Testament in which are fulfilled the prophecies of old that “the dwelling of God is with man” and that the human person is the sole proper dwelling place of the Divine Presence.

I embroidered this card in order to honour the Great Theotokos throughout the world.

I will give it as a present to the Patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt, Theodoros II.

Mary in Temple