Current News

Current News

Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother

Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother

11/21/2018 8:00:00 AM

The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother, according to Holy Tradition, this took place in the following manner: the parents of the Virgin Mary, Righteous Joachim and Anna, praying for an end to their childlessness, vowed that if a child were born to them, they would dedicate it to the service of God.















When the Most Holy Virgin reached the age of three, the holy parents decided to fulfill their vow. They gathered together their relatives and acquaintances, and dressed the All-Pure Mary in Her finest clothes. With the singing of sacred songs and with lighted candles in their hands, virgins escorted Her to the Temple. There the High Priest and several priests met the handmaiden of God. In the Temple, fifteen high steps led to the sanctuary, which only the priests and High Priest could enter. The child Mary, so it seemed, could not make it up this stairway. But just as they placed Her on the first step, strengthened by the power of God, She quickly went up the remaining steps and ascended to the highest one. Then the High Priest, through inspiration from above, led the Most Holy Virgin into the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest entered once a year to offer a purifying sacrifice of blood. Therefore, all those present in the Temple were astonished at this most unusual occurrence.

Righteous Joachim and Anna, having entrusted their Child to the will of the Heavenly Father, returned home. The Most Blessed Mary remained in the quarters for virgins, near the Temple. Round about the Temple, through the testimony of Holy Scripture,  and also the historian Josephus Flavius, there were many living quarters, in which dwelt those dedicated to the service of God.















The earthly life of the Most Holy Virgin Mother from the time of Her infancy to the time of Her ascent to Heaven is shrouded in deep mystery. Her life at the Jerusalem Temple was also a secret. "If anyone were to ask me," said Blessed Jerome, "how the Most Holy Virgin spent the time of Her youth, I would answer, that is known to God Himself and the Archangel Gabriel, Her constant guardian."















But there are accounts in Church Tradition, that during the All-Pure Virgin's stay at the Temple, She grew up in a community of pious virgins, diligently read the Holy Scripture, occupied Herself with handicrafts, prayed constantly, and grew in love for God. In remembrance of the Entry of the Most Holy Virgin Mother into the Jerusalem Temple, Holy Church from ancient times established a solemn Feastday. The decretals for the making of the Feast in the first centuries of Christianity are found in the traditions of Palestinian Christians, where mention is made that the holy Empress Helen built a church in honor of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, in the fourth century, mentions this Feast. In the eighth century Sts. Germanos and Tarasios, Patriarchs of Constantinople, delivered sermons on the Feast of the Entry.

The Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple foretells the blessing of God for the human race, the preaching of salvation, the promise of the coming of Christ.

 

KRUSTOVDEN (The Holy Cross Day)
KRUSTOVDEN (The Holy Cross Day)
9/14/2019 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Krustina, Krustyo, Krustan, Kancho, Stavri.
Three enormous moons will shine down on NIGHT festival in Plovdiv
Town squares, churches, galleries, but also ancient Plovdiv’s nooks and corners will turn into shared spaces for art, the visions and the values of the world. After a one-year pause the NIGTH festival is back to make conversations more sincere, heighten the senses and open the hearts to new experiences, greater understanding and human contact.
 Theater festival "Scene at Crossroads" opens today
The 22th international theater festival "Scene at Crossroads" opens today
Anniversary in our history: in 924 AD the BG Tsar Simeon I the Great and the Byzantine Emperor Romanos I Lekapenos agreed on a temporary peace
In 924 AD the BG Tsar Simeon I the Great and the Byzantine Emperor Romanos I Lekapenos agreed on a temporary peace ouside the walls of Constantinople.
BIRTH OF THE HOLY MOTHER (also known as “Nativity of the Theotokos”)
According to the traditional celebration of the birth of the Holy Mother, on the eve of the holiday the ones that are sick and ailing should make a votive oath.
Anniversary of the Unification of Bulgaria
The Unification of Bulgaria was the act of unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and the then-Ottoman province of Eastern Rumelia in the autumn of 1885.
Autumn Salon of Arts' 2019 opens tonight
Autumn Salon of Arts' 2018 opens tonight
St Simeon,s Day
St Simeon,s Day
9/1/2019 8:00:00 AM
Name day of everyone named Simeon, Simona or Marta (although Marta would rather celebrate on March 1).
SEKNOVENIE / EQUINOX (also known as Black Saint John)
People honor this day as the Equinox (meaning even day, i.e. the length of the day equals the length of the night).
Anniversary of the death of Tsar Boris III
Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria (January 30, 1894 - August 28, 1943), originally Boris Klemens Robert Maria Pius Ludwig Stanislaus Xaver, son of Ferdinand I, came to the throne in 1918 upon the abdication ...