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Great Feast of the Entrance of The Theotokos into the Temple (One of the Twelve Great Feasts, class 2)

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Cycle Preparation Feast Celebration

 

Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
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

21 November - Before Mary was born, her parents, The Ancester of Christ, Ann and The Ancester of Christ, Joachim were anxious to have a child because they were advanced in age. (It was a great shame to not have children.) The Ancesters of Christ, Ann and Joachim vowed to God that if He blessed them with a baby, they would dedicate their child to God's service in the Temple. Thus, when The future Theotokos, was three years old, her parents took her to the Temple to be consecrated to the service of God. When she entered the Temple, the young girls of the town, carrying lighted torches to illuminate her way preceded Mary. The future Theotokos alone and unhesitating entered into the Holy of Holies. In the temple, she was raised under God's protection, even being fed by the angels. Mary lived there until she was betrothed to Joseph.

Procession of Girls during the Great Entrance at the Divine Liturgy to Celebrate this Great Feast

To celebrate this feast, the custom is to do a re-enactment of the procession of Mary and the young girls. So, the young girls of the parish --and their mothers, too, if they wish-- are invited to walk in the Great Entrance procession in the Divine Liturgy, carrying lighted candles. During the Great Entrance procession, first is the acolyte (altar server) carrying the cross, then young girls carrying lighted candles, then the other acolytes (altar servers) and finally the priest(s).

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron

KONTAKION (TONE 4)
The most pure Temple of the Savior, his most precious bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of God's glory, enters today into the House of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the Divine Spirit. Wherefore the angels of God are singing, "Behold the heavenly tabernacle!"

TROPARION (TONE 4)
Today is the prelude of the benevolence of God, and the announcement of the salvation of men. In the Temple of God the Virgin is seen openly, foretelling to all the coming of Christ. Wherefore let us cry to her in a loud voice, "Hail! O fulfillment of the Creator's plan!"

TROPARION (TONE 8)
The most pure Temple of our Holy Savior, and the most precious and bright bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of the glory of God, openly appears today in the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the Most Holy Spirit. Wherefore the angels of God are singing: "This is the heavenly Tabernacle."

Hirmos (TONE 1)
All human generations bless you, O Mother of God. The laws of nature were overcome in you, O Pure Virgin: for your birth-giving left you a virgin, and your death became the herald of your life. O you who remained virgin after giving birth, and alive after having died, O Mother of God, deign always to save your inheritance.

Apostolos

Heb. 9:1-7

Gospel

Lk. 10:38-42 and 11:27-28

Antiphon

Palsm 131
Though the prayers of the Theotokos, O Saviour, save us.
Be shafa'ati Walidat il ilah, ya Mukhalles, Khallisna.
Tes bresvee-yes tees Theotokou, Soter, soson imas.

Meditation

The Entrance of The Theotokos into the Temple: November 21, A Meditation by Mary Grace Ritchey, Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Paper

Entrance of The Theotokos into the Temple Saint Ann Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Paterson, NJ

More Information

The Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Our Lady the Theotokos

Ikon

The Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Our Lady the Theotokos

 

Preparation
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
PreparationOur Fathers
among
the Saints
Gregory
the
Decapolite
and
Proclus,
Archbishop
of
Constantinople
20  

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
Entrance
of
Theotokos
into
Temple
Future
Theotokos
entering
unaided
into
Temple's
Holy
of Holies.
20Herb.
9:1-7
Lk.
10:38-42,
11:27-28
Second Day
Celebration
Holy Apostles
Philemon
and
of the
Holy Apphia,
Archippus
and
Onensiums;
Holy Martyrs
Cecilia,
Valerian
and
Tiburtius
22  
Third Day
Celebration
Holy Fathers
Gregory,
Bishop
of
Agrigentium
and
Amphilochius,
Bishop
of
Iconium
23  
Fourth Day
Celebration
Hieromartyers
Clement,
Pope of Rome
and
Peter,
Bishop of
Alexandria
24  
Leave-takingHoly
Great-Martyr
of Christ
and
most wise
Catherine
of
Alexandria
and
of the
Holy
Great-Martyr
Mercury
25Gal.
3:23-4:5
Mk.
24-34

 

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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