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Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

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The Presentation of the Theotokos is the first feast we celebrate during the season of the Nativity Lent, on November 21 NS/December 4 OS. Saints Joachim and Anna dedicated their only child to the Lord, and at the age of three they presented her to the high priest St. Zacharias (father of St. John the Forerunner) to be raised in the temple until her betrothal to St. Joseph. The Theotokos was utterly devoted to the Lord from her earliest years, eager to do His will in all things—a foreshadowing of her work as the tabernacle for God himself. Updated 11/18/23




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Orthodox Icon of Entrance of Theotokos into the Temple


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