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Presentation by Antoine SolouniasGreat Feast of the Holy Hypapanty of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Purification of The Theotokos (One of the Twelve Great Feasts, class 2)
Celebration 40th Day of Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

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Preparating - 40 Days

Fast TraditionalFast Modern
1st Day40th Day1st Day15th Day
15 Nov.24 Dec.10 Dec.24 Dec.

Celebrating - 40 Days

Feast
Nativity
Feast
Circumcision
Feast
Hypapanty
1st Day8th Day40th Day
25 Dec.1 Jan.2 Feb.

 

Great Feast
of Holy Hypapanty
Jesus Christ
and
Purification Theotokos
Blessing Candles Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service
Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service Text
is in
Liturgy John Chrysostom
Appendix 2, page 98
The Eparchy of Newton, 2009
Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service Text
Euchologion
Eparchy of Newton
1999
Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service Text
St. Anne Church
Woman after
Childbirth
Prayer
Naming Child
Prayer
Holy Mysteries
Christian Illumination
Baptism

 

Cycle Prepare
Cycle
Feast Celebrate
Cycle
2d Day
Celebrate

 

Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2

Days of Preparation for Holy Hypapanty

1 February - Preparation of Holy Hypapanty

Holy Hypapanty

2 February - The Great Feast of the Holy Hypapanty of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ commemorates the first encounter or public meeting of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ as God in human form with His people. Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ met with a priest, Holy Simeon the Just who recieved the Lord, and a prophetess, Anne the Prophetess, when He was brought to the temple for the rite of purification forty days after His birth. (Forty days after birth was the prescribed time according to Jewish law.) By accepting the precept of the Jewish Law requiring a sacrifice on the child's 40th day, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ shows that He is the fulfillment of the promises of the Old Testament.
The Priest Simeon and the Prophetess Anna recognized the Baby as the Messiah (Masiah).

Word Translation

The Greek word "hypapanty" means "encounter" or "meeting".

"Simeon" is a Greek name with of the English translation "Simon".

Churching a Baby

Churching a Baby is a continuation of the ancient practice of presenting children in the Temple.

Blessing candles

Candles are blessed on this Great Feast

Additional Names for this Great Feast

In the West, Holy Hypapanty is called "The Presentation of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to the Temple".

This Feast is also the "Great Feast of the Purification of The Theotokos". After giving birth, a Jewish woman was purified

History

In the 4th century, the Great Feast of the Holy Hypapanty of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Great Feast of the Purification of The Theotokos was established in Jerusalem.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron

TROPARION (TONE 1)
Hail, O woman full of grace, Virgin and Mother of God, from you has arisen the Son of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness. You, too, just Elder Simeon, rejoice, for you carried in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, our Resurrection.

KONTAKION (TONE 1)
O Christ our God, who through your birth have sanctified the virginal womb and have blessed the arms of Simeon, You have come today to save us. When wars prevail, keep your people in peace and strengthen our public authorities in every good deed, for you alone are the Lover of Mankind.

Apostolos

Heb. 7:7-17

Gospel

Lk. 2:22-40

Antiphon

Palsm 44
O Son of God, who were carried in the arms of Simeon the Just, save us who sing to You. Alleluia.
Khallisna YabnAllah, ya man humala 'ala dhira 'aee Sim'an assaddeeq, nahnul muranneemeena Laka. Haleloueya.

Meditations

The Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple and Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, A Meditation on the February 2 Feast Day by Mary Grace Ritchey, Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

Feast

This is a time of feasting and celebration. Feasting begins at the beginning of Vespers of Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening. Feasting ends just before Vespers on the Great Feast of Holy Hypapanty of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Great Feast of the Purification of The Theotokos(2 February) on 1 February evening.
For 40-days, we celebrate! We feast for Forty Days! We do not fast, not even on Fridays. Fasting is forbidden.
The one day exception is The Paramony of The Great Feast of Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Paramony of Holy Theophany is a day of strict fasting.

Liturgical Cycle

The Great Feast of the Holy Hypapanty of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is Forty Days after the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was brought to the temple for the rite of purification forty days after His birth. Forty days after birth was the prescribed time according to Jewish law.

 

Preparation
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
Nativity
(1st Day
Nativity)
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
25 Dec.Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Circumcision
(Eighth Day
Celebration)
Jesus
Christ's

Circum-
cision.
1 Jan.Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21
40-52
Preparation
Holy
Hypapanty

(39th Day
Nativity)
Holy Martyr
Tryphon
1 Feb.Rom.
8:23-39
Lk.
10:19-21

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
Holy
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

(40th Day
Nativity)

Purifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
2Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
Second Day
Celebration
Holy Simeon
the Just
who recieved
the Lord
and
St. Anna
the Prophetess
3Heb.
9:11-14
Lk.
2:25-38
Third Day
Celebration
Holy Father
Isidore
of
Pellusium
4  
Fourth Day
Celebration
Holy Woman
Martyr
Agatha
5  
Fifth Day
Celebration
Holy Father
Boukolos,
Bishop of
Smyrna
6  
Sixth Day
Celebration
Holy Father
Parthenius,
Bishop
of
Lampsacus
7  
Seventh Day
Celebration
Holy
Great-Martyr
Theodore,
General
of the Armies,
and of
Prophet
Zachary
8Eph.
2:4-10
Mt.
10:16-22
Leave-takingHoly Martyr
Nicephorus
9Eph.
5:8b-19
Lk.
21:12-19

Meditation

The Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple and Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary: THE GREAT ENCOUNTER: February 2: A Meditation Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Paper

The Presentation of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ to the Temple Saint Ann's Melkite Catholic Church, West Patterson, NJ

More Information

The Hypapante Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Fixed Feasts of the Lord

Primer for Melkite Worship and Ritual Please click on Feast of the Presentation. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States. Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George (Milwaukee, WI) Melkite Sunday Bulletin.

Ikon

The Hypapante Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Fixed Feasts of the Lord

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Holy
Theophany
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

baptism
Holy
Prophet
and
Glorious
Fore-
runner
John Baptist

baptizing
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
in
River
Jordan.
ºAs an
adult,
Jesus
Christ
shows
His
people
that He
is Holy God
(manifestation
Jesus
Christ
to the world).

ºHoly God
shows
His
people
that Holy God
is a
Holy Trinity.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºHoly God
is a
Holy
Trinity
Tim.
2:11-14,
3:4-7
Mt.
3:13-17
6
Jan.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Transfig-
uration
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
Jesus
Christ
showing
His
disciples
"...as
much of
His glory
as they
could
behold...".
Jesus
Christ
is both
fully
Holy God
and
fully man.
ºReve-
lation
of glory
of
Holy God

ºConfir-
mation
of two
natures
of
Jesus
Christ
both
fully
Holy God
and
fully
human.
2
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
6
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Triumphal
Entry
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ into
Jerusalem
Holy and
Glorious
Palm Sun.
Shaneeneh
Jesus
Christ's

triumphal
entrance
into
Jerusalem.
Children
throwing
garments
into
Jesus
Christ's
path,
pulling down
branches
from olive
and palm
trees,
putting them
in the
road,
and
waving them
in air,
shouting
"Hosanna!
Blessed is
He
who
comes
in the
name
of the Lord!"
Jesus
Christ's
people
hailing Him
as Messiah.
Jesus
Christ
is
Messiah.
Phil.
4:4-9
John
12:1-18
7
days
before
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.
Holy and
Glorious
Pascha
Jesus
Christ's

resurrection
in
human form
Jesus
Christ
rising
from dead
and giving
"eternal
life"
to good.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºOpening
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life"
ºJesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.

ºWe have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
Acts
1:1-9
John
1:1-17
1st
Sun.
after
1st
full
moon
after
03/20
Ear-
liest
is
03/22
latest
is
04/25.
Feasts
of
Feasts
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

 

 

All The Theotokos's Great Feasts are Class 2.

The Theotokos's Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Nativity
of
Theotokos
Future
Theotokos'
birth
Future
Theotokos
being
born.
Beginning
of work
of
salvation,
because
she was
to be
Theotokos.
Theotokos
birthday.
Phil.
2:5-11
Lk.
10:38-42,
11:27-28
8
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Entrance
of
Theotokos
into
Temple
Future
Theotokos'
entrance
into
Temple.
Future
Theotokos
entering
unaided
into
Temple's
Holy
of Holies.
Future
Temple
of Holy God
enters
into
His Temple's
Holy
of Holies
Future
Theotokos's
union
with Holy God.
Heb.
9:1-7
Lk.
10:38-42,
11:27-28
21
Nov.
Great
Feast
Class
2
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Dormition
of
Theotokos
Theotokos'
going
to heaven.
Holy God's
taking
Theotokos'
body
and soul
into heaven.
Preview
of
transfig-
uration
that
awaits
all of us
in the
Kingdom
to come.
Possi-
bility
of our
"eternal
life".
Phil.
2:5-11
Lk.
10:38-42,
11:27-28
15
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
2

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