Friday, July 25, 2014

Dormition of St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos

While most Annas celebrate their name days on September 9th (the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna), I've always celebrated mine today.


Tradition tells us that the Righteous Joachim and Anna conceived the Theotokos after they had been married 50 years. When the Theotokos had reached the age of three they took her to the temple to be raised there.

During the next seven years, Righteous Anna and Joachim visited Mary often at the temple until they died, leaving her an orphan at age ten. St. Joachim lived for 80 years and Anna for 79, and they both entered into the kingdom of God before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. The Dormition feast day of St. Anna is celebrated on July 25.

The holy Ancestor-of-God Joachim had himself reposed at 80 years of age, several years after the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple (November 21). St Anna, having been left a widow, moved from Nazareth to Jerusalem, and lived near the Temple. At Jerusalem she bought two pieces of property: the first at the gates of Gethsemane, and the second in the valley of Josaphat. At the second locale she built a tomb for the members of her family, and where also she herself was buried with Joachim. It was there in the Garden of Gethsemane that the Savior often prayed with His disciples.

The most-pure body of the Mother of God was buried in the family tomb. Christians honored the sepulchre of the Mother of God, and they built a church on this spot. Within the church was preserved the precious funeral cloth, which covered Her all-pure and fragrant body.  (source)
 Troparion:
Divinely-wise Anna, you carried in your womb the pure Mother of God, who gave life to our Life.
Therefore, you are now carried joyfully to the inheritance of heaven,
To the abode of those who rejoice in glory,
Where you seek forgiveness of sins for those who faithfully honor you,  ever blessed one.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful. With my first my due date was today, and our girl name was Anna. Matter of fact we held onto that name for several years until we found out the twins were both boys. haha I always loved St. Anna. I read somewhere there is a line of thinking that she lived to see Christ, which was "news" to me as I'd been taught what you typed here. No matter.

    A blessed name day to you, and may God grant you many years!!!!

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  2. Happy name's day!!!! God bless you, keep you and give you many years! Lots of love to you!!!

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  3. Many years Matushka! Saint Anna is very dear to me. Last year I was given a book about her and I used to pray her Akathist almost daily during my pregnancy. Her intercession is very powerful.

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  4. Many years!

    -- Valja in Norway

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