Orthodox believers will celebrate the Nativity of the blessed virgin

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Orthodox believers celebrate on Thursday the Nativity of the blessed virgin – the first in the annual cycle of twelve great – great – feasts dedicated to the Savior.

Patriarchal visit

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Thursday will visit Novorossiysk newly formed diocese.

«The Patriarch will celebrate the divine Liturgy in the Dormition Cathedral of Novorossiysk on the day of the feast of the Nativity of the blessed virgin. In the newly formed diocese of Novorossiysk built many churches, developing Church life», — told RIA Novosti the head of the Patriarchal press service of father Alexander Volkov.

According to him, a few years ago, the Patriarch visited Novorossiysk and laid a new Cathedral in this city.

«The current Cathedral of the assumption does not accommodate all people who want to visit this temple. It is obvious that the construction of the new Cathedral and the spiritual center of the diocese. The Patriarch pays special attention to the development of new dioceses. We expect that he will also visit the construction site of a new Cathedral Church in Novorossiysk and inspect the progress of work», — said the Agency interlocutor.

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The Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin

Church tradition tells a story of Joachim and Anna, devout Jewish couple from Nazareth, grieved that the Lord did not give them offspring. One day during the feast, the high priest Issachar did not accept the sacrifice that Joachim brought to the Temple in Jerusalem, and said, «should Not take from you the gifts because you do not have children, and therefore the blessings of God.» Heartbroken Joakim went home and hid in the mountains, where the shepherds were guarding his flock, and Anna alone went in the garden and cried. In the garden, she was an angel and told that she would bear a daughter, which «will be glorious in all the world» kind. And the same vision was Joachim. Then the couple made a vow: if the Lord would grant them a child, they would dedicate him to God — give it to the Church for Ministry to adulthood. And they really had a daughter who was named Maria.

In the Orthodox Church of the Nativity begins the annual cycle of the 12 great — great — feasts dedicated to the Savior. The Nativity — an occasion for special joy. The fathers of the Church saw the meaning of this feast is, what in the world was the last link in the long chain of people, men and women, sinners and saints, who throughout human history have fought for purity and faith, that in the first place in life was God — fought, first of all, with ourselves. And gradually, from century to century, prepared the appearance of one that was born as a baby, in a world where mixed good and evil, sin and Holiness, from the very beginning will choose good and live clean.

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