Nativity of the Theotokos
also known as the Birth of Virgin Mary
The Nativity of the Theotokos is celebrating the birth of the Virgin Mary. Depending on which calender the church uses (Julian or Gregorian) this day could fall on September 8th or the 21st. The birth of Mary is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical year. Joachim and Anna (now saints) were barren and Mary was the answers to their prayers.
The Gospel of Luke begins it account of Mary’s life with the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary that she was going to become the mother of Jesus. Mary was present at the Crucifixion of Jesus and is depicted as a member of early Christian community is Jerusalem.
Although Mary went through many trials and tribulations she was a loyal servant of God. Even though she was favored by him, she still suffered greatly. The disgrace of being an unwed mother, almost losing her fiancé and her son being murdered her love and loyalty was unwavering.
The Christian teaching of the Assumption indicated that Mary never did die but was assumed into Heaven. She is considered to be the most meritorious saint there is and honored since Early Christianity.