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Feast Day Of The Presentation Of The Theotokos — Greek City Times

Εἴσοδος τῆς Παναγίας Θεοτόκου (The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, The Presentation of the Theotokos). Eastern Christianity Gregorian calendar celebration of one of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s Twelve Great Feasts (Δωδεκάορτον). Together with Pascha, these are the most significant dates on the Orthodox liturgical calendar, which begins with the month of September. Eight of the Great Feasts are in honour of Jesus Christ, whilst the other four are dedicated to the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary), who whilst still a child was taken by her parents, Joachim and Anna, to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. She was led to that holy place as her parents had been childless and wished to consecrate her to God in thanksgiving for the gift of a daughter after they had received a heavenly message that they would have a child. Mary was solemnly received by the Temple community headed by the priest Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. She lived and served as a Temple virgin, being educated in preparation for her rôle as the Mother of God and becoming the Holy of Holies of God, as the living sanctuary and temple of the Divine Child who was to be born into her after she was betrothed to St Joseph. The Church sees this Feast as marking the end of the dwelling place of God being the Temple in Jerusalem. The Julian calendar Feast of 21 November, celebrated in Catholic and some Anglo-Catholic Churches, is the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (Μαρία) and Despoina (Δέσποινα) celebrate their name day. Image: greekcitytimes.com.

Prayer  Today is the preview of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the Temple of God, the house of the Lord, in anticipation of the proclaiming of Christ to all. Let us all rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine fulfilment of the Creator’s dispensation. Amen

Ορθόδοξος Συναξαριστής :: Αγία Βαρβάρα η Μεγαλομάρτυς

Αγία Βαρβάρα (St Barbara, The Great Martyr Barbara, Św Barbara, Santa Bárbara, Ϯⲁⲅⲓⲁ Ⲃⲁⲣⲃⲁⲣⲁ, Свята Варвара) (c303-c321). Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church Feast Day and Oriental Orthodoxy, Aglipayan Church and Anglicanism Celebration for the Pagan virgin born in present-day Lebanon who secretly became a Christian. When Barbara told her father that she was a Christian, he drew his sword to kill her but she prayed and was miraculously transported to a mountain gorge, where she was betrayed by a shepherd who was turned to stone and his flock to locusts. The prefect of the province had her cruelly tortured but during the night her dark prison was bathed in light and new miracles occurred. Each morning, her wounds were healed and torches that were to be used to burn her went out. Finally, she was condemned to death by beheading by her father, who was struck by lightning and his body consumed by flame. Barbara’s Kyiv (Київ, Kiev) tomb became the site of miracles and, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, she continues to be a popular saint in modern times. She was credited in the Fifteenth Century with thirteen miracles, many of them reflecting the security she offered that her devotees would not die before making their confession. Venerated in Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Aglipayan, Maronite Churches, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism. Feast Day 8 Koiak in Coptic Orthodox Church, Eve of 3 December for Lebanese Christians. Patron of Lebanon, Paternò, Rieti, Italy, armourers, architects, artillerymen, firemen, mathematicians, military engineers, miners, tunnellers, others who work with explosives, lightning, chemical engineers, prisoners, Russian Missile Strategic Forces. Image: saint.gr.

Saint of the Day – 4 December – Saint Osmund (Died 1099) – AnaStpaul

St Osmund of Salisbury (Osmunda) (1040-99). Roman Catholic Feast Day commemorating the death of the Norman nobleman, the clergyman Count of Sées (Séez), Normandy who accompanied William the Conqueror (William I of England) before the Norman Conquest of England. Osmund was known for his purity and lack of avarice and was employed in many civil transactions, being Lord Chancellor from 1070 to 1078 and one of the Chief Commissioners for drawing up the 1086 Domesday Book (Great Survey, Liber de Wintonia, Doomsday Book). As the 1078 second Bishop of Salisbury, Osmund built in 1092 the fortified Old Sarum and constituted the Cathedral body there on the Norman model, with Dean, Precentor, Chancellor and Treasurer, whose duties were exactly defined, some thirty-two Canons, a Sub-dean and Succentor. All save the last two were bound to residence, the Canons being secular, each living in his own house. Their duties were to be special companions and advisers to the Bishop, to carry out with fitting solemnity the full round of liturgical services and to do missionary work in the surrounding districts. Osmund may have been created Earl of Dorset, his diocese comprising the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire and Berkshire, having absorbed the former bishoprics of Sherborne and Ramsbury. When he died in Salisbury on 4 December 1099, or the eve of that day, his remains were buried at Old Sarum and translated in 1226, with other prelates, to the New Salisbury, his 1457 sumptuous shrine in the Lady Chapel being destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII around 15 April 1539. A flat slab with the simple inscription MXCIX has lain in various parts of the Cathedral. In 1644, it was in the middle of the Lady Chapel and now it is under the easternmost arch on the south side. Venerated in Catholic Church, Church of England. Church of England commemoration 16 July. Patron of the mentally ill, mental illness, insanity, paralysed people, paralysis, ruptures, toothache. Image: anastpaul.com.