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Conception, Birth, and Death in Human Form Cycle

NameConception in Human Form FeastDateBirth in Human Form FeastDateDeath in Human Form FeastDate
Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus ChristGreat Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary25 MarchGreat Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ25 Dec.Great and Holy FridayFri. before Pascha
The TheotokosConception of Ancester of Christ Ann of the Theotokos9 Dec.Great Feast of the Nativity of The Theotokos8 Sept.Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos15 Aug.
Forerunner and Prophet John the BaptistConception of Elizabeth of the Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist23 Sept.Nativity24 JuneBeheading29 August

Time between the date of the feast of a conception and the date of the feast of a birth in Human Form

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ - The only date of the feast of a conception and the date of the feast of a birth in Human Form that are exactly, perfectly nine months apart is The Great Feast of The Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (25 March) and The Great Feast of Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ (25 December). The reason is because only Holy God is perfect.

The Theotokos - The time between The Feast of the Conception of Ann on 9 December and The Great Feast of the Nativity of The Theotokos on September 8 is one day less than nine months. The decision was made that the time between the two feasts would not be exactly, perfectly 9 months, that the time would be one day less than perfect.

Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist - The time between The Feast of the Conception of Elizabeth of the Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist on 23 September and The Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist on 24 June is one day longer than nine months. The decision was made that the time between the two feasts would not be exactly, perfectly 9 months, that the time would be one day more than perfect.

Relationship between the Cycles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist

The Feast of the Conception of Elizabeth of the Holy and Glorious Forerunner and Prophet John the Baptist on 23 September is 6 months and 2 days before the commemoration of the Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos, 25 March.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist on 24 June, is 6 months and 1 day before the commemoration of 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, 25 December.

After the Annunciation, The Theotokos went to visit her cousin, Saint Elizabeth. (Lk 1:39-56)

Luke, Chapter 1, verse 26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 "Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" 35 And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God." 38 Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word." Then, the angel departed from her. 39 During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, 42 cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.' 43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."...56 Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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