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Offline Alveus Lacuna

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Presentation/Entrance of the Theotokos in the Oriental Churches
« on: September 15, 2010, 09:39:34 PM »
I am looking for any English translations which might help me to understand the feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple. I know that your communion has four separate liturgical traditions reaching back into antiquity, and so I am looking for anything really. Icons, summaries, liturgical texts/hymnody, sermons, epistles, apocryphal writings, et cetera. I am wondering how universal certain concepts are, mainly surrounding the manner of the Virgin's entry, as well as her supposed entrance into the Holy of Holies for a decade.

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Re: Presentation/Entrance of the Theotokos in the Oriental Churches
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 10:03:12 PM »
All I really know is that the Armenian Church celebrates this event on November 21.  It is one of half a dozen feast days in the Armenian Church that never move.

I don't have access to hymns or other Armenian resources about the feast day.  I'm pretty sure, however, that our beliefs about the event are pretty much the same as those of the EO and Catholic Churches, and that we base those beliefs on the same ancient text as they do (Protoevangelion of James.) 

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Re: Presentation/Entrance of the Theotokos in the Oriental Churches
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 03:46:05 AM »
We celebrate the event on December 12 (Tahsas 3). A summary can be read at the following link.

http://www.stmichaeleoc.org/Synaxarium/Tahisas_03.htm

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Re: Presentation/Entrance of the Theotokos in the Oriental Churches
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 05:08:13 AM »
The readings from the Coptic Orthodox Synaxarium says..

On this day we commemorate the entrance of our holy Lady, the Virgin, Saint Mary, the Theotokos, into the Temple when she was three years old, for she was dedicated to God. Her mother, Anna (Hannah), was childless. The women who were in the Temple stayed away from her. She was exceedingly sad and so was her husband Joachim who was a blessed old man. She prayed to God fervently and with a contrite heart saying, "If You give me a fruit, I will devote the child to Your Holy Temple." God answered her prayers and she brought forth this pure saint and called her Mary.

She reared her for three years, after which she took her to live with the virgins in the Temple. Saint Mary dwelt in the sanctuary for 12 years. She received her food from the hands of the angels, until the time when our Lord Christ came into the world, and was incarnated through her, the elect of all women.

When she had completed 12 years in the sanctuary, the priests took counsel together concerning her, so that they might entrust her to someone who would protect her, for she was consecrated to God and they were not allowed to keep her in the temple after this age. They decided that she be engaged to a man who could take care of her and who would look after her.

They gathered 12 righteous men from the house of David of the Tribe of Juda so they might place her with one of them. They took their staffs inside the Sanctuary, and a dove flew up and stood on the staff belonging to Joseph the carpenter who was a righteous man. They knew that this was God's will.

Joseph took the holy Virgin St. Mary, and she dwelt with him until Gabriel, the Angel of the Lord, came to her and announced to her that the Son of God was to be incarnated from her, for the salvation of Adam and his posterity.

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Re: Presentation/Entrance of the Theotokos in the Oriental Churches
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 05:15:05 AM »
There is a good collection of ancient texts and traditions here...

http://www.archive.org/stream/legendsourladym00budggoog#page/n46/mode/1up

Too many and too interesting to excerpt. If you look at the footnotes these also lead to interesting passages by St Cyril of Jerusalem, St Cyril of Alexandria and many many others.

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Re: Presentation/Entrance of the Theotokos in the Oriental Churches
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2010, 07:51:59 AM »