The Nativity of the Theotokos

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(September 8/21)

The Nativity of the TheotokosIn Judea, in the town of Nazareth, lived a poor but righteous man Joachim, a descendant from the royal line of David.  Joachim and his wife, Anna, were known for their piety and mercy.  They loved God and walked in His paths.

Joachim and Anna were married for a long time but remained childless.  That made them very sad.  In those times it was very important for a family to have children.  People hoped to be participants in the kingdom of the Messiah through their offspring.  Anybody who did not have a child was thought to be a sinful person, punished by God.  

Although they had become old, Joachim and Anna did not lose hope and continued to pray for a son or daughter.

For their great patience, faith and love for each other, God gave them happiness.  Once, when Anna was praying in the garden, an angel came to her and said, “The Lord heard your prayers.”  He told her she would soon have a child.  Joachim had the same vision as Anna.  The husband and wife were overjoyed and promised to consecrate their child to the Lord.

When a daughter was born, the parents named Her Mary.  The birth of Mary gave joy not only to Her parents but to the whole world.  She became the Mother of our Saviour, the Son of God.  We celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos as one of the great Church feasts.


David  [′deɪ vɪd]
Joachim  [ˎdʒɔǝ ′ kim]
Judea  [dʒu: ′dɪǝ]
Messiah  [mɪˈsaɪə]
Nazareth  [ˈnæ zə rɪθ]

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Nativity  [nəˈtɪvɪtɪ]  Рождество
the Theotokos  [′θɪǝ ′tɔkǝs]  Богородица (слово Theotokos – греческого происхождения)
righteous, adj.  [ˈraɪtʃəs]  праведный
descendant, n.  [dɪˈsendǝnt]  потомок
royal, adj.  [ˈrɔɪəl]  царский
piety, n.  [ˈpaɪətɪ]  благочестие, набожность
mercy, n.  [ˈməːsɪ]  милость, милосердие
path, n.      [pɑːθ]  стезя, путь
participant, n.  [pɑːˈtɪsɪpənt]  участник
offspring, n.  [ˈɒfsprɪŋ]  потомок
vision, n.  [ˈvɪʒən]  видение
overjoyed, adj.  [əuvəˈdʒɔɪd]  возрадовавшийся
consecrate, v. [ˈkɒnsɪkreɪt]  посвятить
Saviour  [ˈseɪvjəʳ]  Спаситель
feast, n.  [fɪːst]  праздник