September 21 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In the church calendar, the new year begins on September 14th. And the first twelve great feast - the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. Orthodox celebrate it on September 21. This is not accidental, because the hope for the salvation of the world appeared before Christ came. Namely, when the One was born that will become His Mother.
But this was preceded by many events, the barrenness of the godless and the infinite hope of God.
Hot prayer of the righteous Joachim and Anna
A family without children has always been perceived as something abnormal. Everything seems to be good, they live in perfect harmony, but something is missing.
And in Old Testament times, a family without children was considered a punishment from God. Parents lived piously or not - they still looked "askew".
Under such judgmental views often came the righteous Joachim and Anna. The apogee was the story of how Joakim decided to offer sacrifice to God. But the high priest said: they say that you are barren, there is no blessing on you, go away, unworthy!
And Joachim is gone.But not to grumble at the Lord, but to retire to the desert, to fast and tearfully pray for the gift of a child. He promised to give it to the Creator from an early age. Upon learning of this, his wife also withdrew from the heart and asked the Lord.
This is an example for many childless families. We must not grumble, but pray. This is an example of boundless faith. Why? At this time, the righteous spouses were already in their old age. What kind of childbearing could there be?
But God's grace is not subject to physical laws. More precisely - God created this world, He acts as he wants. Everything is possible for him.
Therefore, through their ardent prayers, Joachim and Anna received an answer. The angel of God said to the righteous parent: “Your prayer is heard by God, and you will conceive and give birth to a blessed daughter, above all earthly daughters. For the sake of Her, all the kinds of the earth will be blessed. Name her Mary. ”
The one that gave the world hope
The name Mary means "Lady, Hope." Indeed, it was the one that gave hope to the whole world. This is the one through whom the Savior was to be incarnated. Therefore, the Church is very sensitive to this event - the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Virgin Mary herself is very revered by believers, calling her ... She was so beautiful from her birth.
Probably, on the basis of this, Catholics even believed in the dogma of the “immaculate conception,” which in fact is characteristic only of Christ. Joachim and Anna led a righteous life, but until the Savior came to the world, they could not get rid of the consequences of original sin.
Although She was born of “righteous sinners” (the consequences of the fall of Adam and Eve), she strived for holiness with her whole life, but after the descent of the Holy Spirit, She was forever cleansed from sin in all its manifestations. After all, how can there be a sinful one that has already united with God?
From an early age, her parents sent her to the temple, where she prayed earnestly. No one could explain why she was introduced to the holy of holies, where only once a year was allowed to enter, and then only the priest. And Mary was constantly there, praying.
She did not need earthly food: Mary brought it to the Archangel Gabriel. Over the years, He will bring to her the paradise branch and the good news that it is Mary who is prepared to become the Mother of the Lord. But the Orthodox Church remembers these events on April 7.
And on September 21, we will rejoice on another occasion - the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God.