Please join us this weekend to celebrate the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the temple.
Father Thomas Hopko says of this feast – “In the Orthodox Church the Virgin Mary is the image of those who are being saved. If Jesus Christ is the Savior, Mary is, par excellence, the image of the saved. She is, in every aspect of her life, as Father Alexander Schmemann so often said, not the great exception, but rather the great example. From her conception to her dormition, that is, her true and real death, she shows how all people must be when they are sanctified by the Holy Spirit as servants of God and imitators of Christ. In the festival of the entrance of Mary into the temple we have seen how Christ’s mother is continuously hymned as the “living temple of the holy glory of Christ our God.” She is praised as the “living ark which contained the Word that cannot be contained.” She is glorified as “the temple that is to hold God,” consecrated by the spirit to be the “dwelling place of the Almighty.” She enters the Holy of Holies to become herself the “animated Holy of Holies,” the one in whom Christ is formed, thereby making her, and everyone who is one with her in faith, the “abode of heaven.” We are all made to be living temples of God. We are all created to be dwelling places of his glory. We are all fashioned in His image and likeness to be abodes of His presence.”
TONIGHT Vespers @ 6:00PM with a procession of young girls – “The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King’s palace.”
TOMORROW Festal Orthos & the Divine Liturgy @ 9:00AM followed by a potluck lunch. Later, we will go to a Coffee Shop to have a Daddy/Daughter Tea.
Do not miss this great feast!