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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - September 21, 2006

September 21 2006

This feast has appeared in IV century, which confirms the Tradition. There he was on 21 September and is one of twenty major festivals of the year, in addition, is the first holiday of the year (since the new year begins on September 1, Old Style).

The history of the holiday begins in Nazareth in Galilee, where the elderly couple lived - Joachim and Anna. Both husband and wife were righteous and pious, but to be completely happy they did not have children, as they grieved. In one of the biggest holidays Joachim brought gifts to the Temple in Jerusalem, but the priest Issihar not want to accept his gifts. The reason given is just became childlessness Joachim. At that time it was thought that the children - a gift from God, and their absence - the punishment for sin.

Distracted by Joachim, groaning and crying, went into the desert. Hearing on refusal of the high priest and grief of her husband, Anna, too, sank into despair and wept. She sat in the garden and lamented that even the little birds have children, and she had no children, and will not be because no consolation and joy in old age. At that moment an angel appeared to her and said that she will give birth to a daughter who will be blessed, and through it all the other people will be blessed.

At the same time the angel appeared and Joachim in the wilderness, telling him the good news about that soon his wife will give birth to his daughter. Angel told Joachim happily go back to Jerusalem to the Golden Gate, where he was waiting for his wife.

Nine months later, the couple really had a daughter, as predicted angel, pure and blessed. In this regard, Joachim brought gifts to God, received the blessing of the high priest, priests, and all the ordinary people, and then made a great feast at home, and all the celebrating and praising God. Votive parents gave the girl in the care of the temple.
In the Christian church, Joachim and Anna called bogoottsami because of their most holy daughter was born later than Jesus Christ. Their memory is honored on the following day, September 22.

In addition, on September 21 marked and important for Russia holiday - Day of military glory, signifying the victory of Russian troops and Prince Dmitry Donskoy on the shelves of the Tatar khan Mamaia (1380). What is remarkable - it is a coincidence of dates of birth of the Virgin and the victory of Russian army (if the old style), because it regiments with the image of Christ and the Virgin carried in front of the soldiers of regiments, which went into battle, and two monks, Peresvet and Oslyabya, went with Prince to protect native land from foreign invaders.

And another holiday was celebrated on this day - in pagan times this day was a holiday crop. He says, depending on the crop, sometimes it could celebrate the week. On this day, it was considered obligatory invitation to young parents (father-and mother-in), together with father and mother-to establish and bond good, peaceful relations between the daughter-husband and parents, families matchmakers.

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Васильева Камилла

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