Thursday, December 09, 2010

December 9th Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos

Troparion - Tone 4

Today the bonds of barrenness are broken,
God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna.
He has promised them beyond all their hopes to bear the Maiden of God,
by whom the uncircumscribed One was born as mortal Man;
He commanded an angel to cry to her:
“Rejoice, O full of grace,
the Lord is with you!”

Kontakion - Tone 4

Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...”
Today the universe rejoices,
for Anna has conceived the Theotokos through God's dispensation,
for she has brought forth the one who is to bear the ineffable Word!


Fr John W Fenton said...

One of the curious oddities between the calendars of the Eastern and Western Rite Orthodox is that the Conception of the BVM is celebrated on the 8th among Western Rite parishes.

Phil said...

It's more curious because the 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception for Roman Catholics. I would think WR parishes would have a calendar aligned with Orthodoxy, not Rome.