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Embrace of Joachim and AnnaTwenty-Ninth Week after Pentecost
December 9: The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna


Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Icon is of the Embrace of Joachim and Anna. Traditionally, the feast is celebrated on December 9th, but in some areas it is moved to the 8th to match the Latin feast.

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