The Conception of the Mother of God

The Conception of the Mother of God: December 9th

Apolytikion: Today the bonds of barrenness are broken, for God has heard the Prayers of Joachim and Anna. He has promised them beyond all their hopes, to bear the Maiden of God, by whom the Indescribable One was born as mortal Man, and Who commanded an Angel to cry to her: Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Kontakion: Today the universe celebrates the Conception by Anna, through the Grace of God: For she has conceived the one who will give birth to the Ineffable Word.

Hymn: O Divine announcement! O strange telling! If I conceive in my womb, an Angel will be sent to her, Anna considers in astonishment, and with a loud voice cries out: Glory to my God Who does paradoxical things!

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Saint Joachim spent forty days and nights on a mountain in a cave fasting and Praying to God with pain, tears and hope, that He would grant them a child. As did Saint Anna in their garden.