Presentation of Mary / Pro Orantibus Day, 2015

Led by the Holy Spirit, the holy Maid without spot is taken to dwell in the Holy of Holies. By an angel she is fed, who is in truth the most holy Temple of our Holy God. He has sanctified all things by her entry, and has mad godlike the fallen nature of mortal men. 

Anne the all-blessed cried out rejoicing: "Oh Zechariah, take her whom the prophets of God proclaimed in the Spirit, and lead her into the holy temple, there to be brought up in reverence, that she may become the divine Throne of the Master of all, His Palace, His resting-place, and His dwelling filled with light."
--from Great Vespers, Orthodox Liturgy for the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

Today the Church prays in a special way for all those men and women called to the contemplative life. May many more come to join us in this way of life!


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