Introduction in temple Presvjatoj of the virgin: the meaning of the Holy day

Today Orthodox believers celebrate one of the most important holidays of the Christian religion — in the temple of the blessed virgin. This holiday is based on the late Apocrypha that the parents of our lady Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, fulfilling a vow to dedicate their child to God at the age of three brought his daughter Mary to the temple in Jerusalem.


According to legend, before the conception of the virgin, her mother St. Anna the angel appeared with the news of the upcoming birth of her child, and she made a vow that he would give his child a gift of the Lord. In three years, Saint Joachim and Saint Anne brought their daughter to the temple, where it as described in the Christian tradition, met the high priest Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. In the Temple Mary was twelve years old when at the direction of the angel Zechariah the priest made a show of suitors, which miraculously budded rod husband of Mary was selected widower Joseph.

In the Orthodox Church introduction to the temple of the blessed virgin Mary belongs to the twelve great feasts, which are in importance second only to Easter. Also the major feasts are the Nativity of the blessed virgin; the exaltation of the cross, Christmas, Epiphany, Candlemas, Annunciation, Entry into Jerusalem,Ascension, Pentecost, Transfiguration and Dormition.

Events, which are remembered by the followers of the Christian religion December 4, is not described in any of the four Gospels considered canonical — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, mention of them was preserved in oral tradition, and are also contained in the apocryphal Gospels written in the second century called the Gospel of James or “the story of James”.

Although a holiday set in some Mesyatseslov the VIII century, it is believed that the wide distribution he received from the IX century. In this period, written in Latin work known as the gospel of Pseudo-Matthew or the Book of Mary and the childhood of Christ the Savior. In all probability, the Gospel of James exerted a great influence on him, but the sources differ in details.

Christmas is a Christian calendar of feasts after the Introduction in temple Presvjatoj of the virgin Mary, so today’s holiday is, to some extent, precedes him. 4 Dec Christians often bring their children who have reached seven years of age for first confession. On this day, as in other religious holidays that coincide with fasting, you are allowed to eat fish.

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