The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Today, we chant that “Joachim and Anne were freed from the reproach of childlessness.” This mystery must be re-lived in the life of Christ, the child born of Mary, who dies on the Cross in desolation, so that all the universe may be freed from the “despair of death,” and find life in God.

Sr Vassa offers this brief and informative video on Mary and her parents, Ss. Joachim and Anna whose feast we celebrate tomorrow, September 9.

Meditation by Archpriest David Petras and edited by PAZ.

Holy Monastery of Dafni in Greece, 2nd half of the 11th century, mosaic (courtesy of Fr Elias).