Entrance of the Theotokos

the blessing of the theotokos by the priests in the temple. chora church, istanbul.

Join us, if you can, on Friday Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. for Hours and Divine Liturgy to celebrate the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church. According to Tradition, the Virgin Mary was taken, or presented, by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served as a Temple virgin until her betrothal to Joseph. Mary was received by the temple community, which was headed by the priest Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. She was led to the temple to become herself the "holy of holies" of God, the living sanctuary and temple of the Divine child who was to be born in her.