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Today is one of the feasts that the Latin Rite Catholics, Eastern Rite Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate in common. It is the day we celebrate the birth of Mary, the Mother of God, to Sts. Joachim and Anna. The icon and the prayers of the feast teach the mystery.
Thy nativity, O Virgin,
has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
has shone on thee, O Theotokos!
By annulling the curse,
He bestowed a blessing.
By destroying death,
He has granted us Eternal Life.
By thy nativity, O Most-Pure Virgin, Joachim and Anna are freed
from barrenness, and Adam and Eve, from the corruption of death.
And we, Thy people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and
sing to Thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the
Nourisher of our life.
Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nativity_of_Theotokos.jpg
The VanderWoude family is and forever will be in our prayers especially this day.