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Nativity of The TheotokosGreat Feast of the Nativity of The Theotokos (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
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

8 September - The Theotokos' birth saved her elderly parents, The Ancesters of Christ, Ann and Joachim, from the shame of having no children. This birth was a sign of Holy God's merciful love.
From The Theotokos's birth, her parents dedicated her to the service of Holy God.
When The Theotokos grew older, she served Holy God and also the whole human race by agreeing to give birth to the Incarnate Word and Son of God, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. The agreement is commemorated at the Great Feast of The Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Date

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. The reason is because only Holy God is perfect.
The only feast of a conception and a birth 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).

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron

TROPARION (TONE 4)
Your Nativity, O Mother of God, heralded joy to the whole universe, for from you rose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. Taking away the curse, He imparted the blessings, and by abolishing death, He gave us everlasting life.

HIRMOS (TONE 8)
Mothers cannot be virgins, nor virgins mothers, yet in you, O Mother of God, both virginity and motherhood were present and fulfilled, wherefore all the peoples of the earth proclaim you blessed.

Apostolos

Philippians 2:5-11

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.

Meditations

The Icon of the Nativity of the Mother of God, September 8th, A Meditation by Mary Grace Ritchey, Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Paper

The Feasts of September By His Excellency, Archbishop Joseph Tawil, Eparchy of Newton, Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Nativity of the Mother of God Saint Ann's Melkite Catholic Church, West Patterson, NJ

 

Preparation
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
PreparationHoly Martyr
Sozon
7  

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
Nativity
of
Theotokos
Future
Theotokos
being
born.
8Phil.
2:5-11
Lk.
10:38-42,
11:27-28
Second Day
Celebration
Ancestors
of Christ,
Joachim
and Ann

Holy Martyr
Severian
9Gal.
22-27
Lk
8:16-21
Third Day
Celebration
Holy Martyrs
Memodora,
Metrodora,
and
Nymphodora
10  
Fourth Day
Celebration
Our Holy Mother
Theodora
of
Alexandria
11  
Leave-taking; Holy Martyr
Autonomus
12  

 

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

Liturgical Cycle

Liturgical Cycle
Calendar 2001 / 2002 Liturgical Cycle

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