Religious Tourism: Feast Day of Theotokos Nativity celebrated in Greece

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Religious Tourism: Feast Day of Theotokos Nativity celebrated in GreeceThe Feast commemorates the birth of Panagia, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8 each year, across Greece, greekcitytimes.com reports.

The Feast commemorates the birth of Panagia, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, nevertheless, this information can be found in a work dating from the second century known as the Book of James or Protevangelion.

According to the story found in this book, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, were childless for several years. They remained faithful to God, but their prayers for a child were unanswered. One day, when Joachim came to the temple to make an offering, he was turned away by the High Priest who chastised him for his lack of children. To hide his shame, Joachim retreated to the hill country to live among the shepherds and their flocks.

As Joachim was praying, his wife Anna was praying at the same time at their house in Jerusalem. An angel appeared to both of them and announced that Anna would have a child whose name would be known across the world. Anna promised to offer her child as a gift to the Lord. Joachim returned home, and in due time Anna bore a daughter, Mary.

The icon of the Nativity of the Thetokos presents the central figures of Saints Joachim and Anna, Mary’s parents, and the Mother of our Lord as an infant. Saint Anna is in the middle of the icon with her right hand extended toward her daughter. Likewise, Saint Joachim, Mary’s father, is gazing upon the young child with his right hand extended toward her. Anna is surrounded by attendants who have helped with the birth.

Today is the name day of: Despina, Kalamiotissa, Kalamia, Maria, Marietta, Marianos, Marianni, Marios, Panagiotis, Panagiota, Tsambikos, Tsambika.

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