Friday, December 9, 2016
The Conception of St. Anna: "O divine announcement!"
Sts. Joachim and Anna embracing the Most-holy Theotokos (source)
"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!
-from the Canon for the feast of the Conception of St. Anna
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!