Current News

Current News

Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother

Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother

11/21/2020 8:00:00 AM

The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy God's Mother, according to Holy Tradition, this took place in the following manner: the parents of the Virgin Mary, Righteous Joachim and Anna, praying for an end to their childlessness, vowed that if a child were born to them, they would dedicate it to the service of God.































When the Most Holy Virgin reached the age of three, the holy parents decided to fulfill their vow. They gathered together their relatives and acquaintances, and dressed the All-Pure Mary in Her finest clothes. With the singing of sacred songs and with lighted candles in their hands, virgins escorted Her to the Temple. There the High Priest and several priests met the handmaiden of God. In the Temple, fifteen high steps led to the sanctuary, which only the priests and High Priest could enter. The child Mary, so it seemed, could not make it up this stairway. But just as they placed Her on the first step, strengthened by the power of God, She quickly went up the remaining steps and ascended to the highest one. Then the High Priest, through inspiration from above, led the Most Holy Virgin into the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest entered once a year to offer a purifying sacrifice of blood. Therefore, all those present in the Temple were astonished at this most unusual occurrence.

Righteous Joachim and Anna, having entrusted their Child to the will of the Heavenly Father, returned home. The Most Blessed Mary remained in the quarters for virgins, near the Temple. Round about the Temple, through the testimony of Holy Scripture,  and also the historian Josephus Flavius, there were many living quarters, in which dwelt those dedicated to the service of God.































The earthly life of the Most Holy Virgin Mother from the time of Her infancy to the time of Her ascent to Heaven is shrouded in deep mystery. Her life at the Jerusalem Temple was also a secret. "If anyone were to ask me," said Blessed Jerome, "how the Most Holy Virgin spent the time of Her youth, I would answer, that is known to God Himself and the Archangel Gabriel, Her constant guardian."































But there are accounts in Church Tradition, that during the All-Pure Virgin's stay at the Temple, She grew up in a community of pious virgins, diligently read the Holy Scripture, occupied Herself with handicrafts, prayed constantly, and grew in love for God. In remembrance of the Entry of the Most Holy Virgin Mother into the Jerusalem Temple, Holy Church from ancient times established a solemn Feastday. The decretals for the making of the Feast in the first centuries of Christianity are found in the traditions of Palestinian Christians, where mention is made that the holy Empress Helen built a church in honor of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, in the fourth century, mentions this Feast. In the eighth century Sts. Germanos and Tarasios, Patriarchs of Constantinople, delivered sermons on the Feast of the Entry.

The Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple foretells the blessing of God for the human race, the preaching of salvation, the promise of the coming of Christ.

 

?Scene at a Crossroads? Theatrical Festival in Plovdiv
The festival is organized as a mutual project with the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre ? Madrid, and has annual issues ever since 1997. Leading Bulgarian theatres play their curren...
Four athletes from Plovdiv ? at the World Athletic Championship
The World Athletic Championship in Paris will take place from August 23rd  ? 31st. Today?s publication in the Maritsa Newspaper says that our greatest athletes Theresa Marinova (step-and-jump), S...
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
ALLIANCE FRANCAIS
8/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
Choosing ?Alliance Francais? for today?s news page is based on a Maritsa Newspaper article regarding the contest called ?Europe is and will always be multilingual?. The 11th grade student from the ...
The Jazzmen from the CRACATAU  Band in Plovdiv
One of the leading world names in the ethno-jazz and most popular band in Indonesia ?Cracatau? will have a concert at the open stage in the ?King?s Stables? pub in the Old Town, on August 15th. The...
Rangers flew off to Iraq
Rangers flew off to Iraq
8/12/2003 12:00:00 AM
/based on the publication in the Maritsa Newspaper/\r\n145 rangers from the Bulgarian battalion flew off yesterday, from the Krumovo Airport, Plovdiv, exactly at 4 pm. Their equipment in...
A contemporary Don Quixote
A contemporary Don Quixote
8/11/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on a publication from today?s issue of the Maritsa Newspaper:Tseno Petrov is one of the eight certified ornithologists (the science of birds) in Bulgaria. He lives and works in the town o...
The Lauta Park Project
8/9/2003 12:00:00 AM
The park that separates the central part of Plovdiv from the largest housing complex Trakia, is called the Lauta Park and is situated on a territory of 12 decares. Right next to the park a unique s...
Old Town houses restoration
Old Town houses restoration
8/8/2003 12:00:00 AM
As reported by BTA:Seven of the houses in the architectural preserved area ?Ancient Plovdiv? will be restored thanks to UNESCO fundingThat has been decided according to an agreement between...
The US rowers will be training in Plovdiv
Today?s edition of the Maritsa newspaper says that Glen Merry, the coach of the US national rowing team. He will study the equipment and the condition of the Plovdiv Rowing Canal and will decide wh...
An Exhibition-Bazaar at the Ethnographic Museum (August 4th ? 17th)
In an article in the SEGA newspaper from Oct.19th, 2001, Mr.Vassil Dolapchiev, Chairman of the Blind People Union, mentions the following facts: ?The state assigns only 150 000 leva annually for the b...