Saint Anna the Prophetess

Feast Day: February 3rd


The Life of Saint Anna the Prophetess: From that time she remained in the Temple where she dwelt the rest of her life in Prayer and fasting. Because she unceasingly was found to do God-pleasing works, the blessed one was made worthy to see our Lord Jesus Christ, when He was offered to the Temple as a forty day old infant, by His All-Holy Mother and the Righteous Joseph….

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Prayers

Apolytikion: In the Temple thou didst embrace as an infant God the Word Who became flesh, O glorious Elder Symeon, who didst hold God in thine arms. And also as a prophetess the august Anna ascribed praise to Him. We acclaim you as divine servants of Christ.

Kontakion: Let Symeon the Righteous and Anna the Prophetess, that godly pair, be praised together; well-pleasing to God, they became witnesses of the Incarnate Lord. When they saw him as an infant, together they worshiped Him.


Saint Anna the Prophetess lived in the Temple in Prayer and fasting. When she saw the baby Jesus Christ Presented in the Temple at forty days old, she Glorified God together with Saint Symeon the God-Receiver, Our Most Holy Mother of God, and the Saint Joseph the Betrothed.

“Now there was one, Anna, a Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and Prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:36-39)

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Saint Anna Glorified Christ and said “This Child is He Who has authority, and established heaven and earth. This Child is the Christ, regarding Whom all of the prophets proclaimed beforehand.”


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