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Annunciation (Apr. 7)

The Annunciation commemorates the tidings which the Angel Gabriel brought to Mary. It is part of the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy and plan, and the most important event in Mary's life.

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Birth (Sept. 8)

The birth of the Mother-of-God is not recorded in the Gospel, but on the basis of reliable tradition, we know that Mary's parents were Joachim—from the tribe of David—and Anna—daughter of Jacob, of the tribe of the Levites—and that Anna, who was barren, received her only daughter through prayer and vow.

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Presentation to the Temple (Nov. 21)

The feast is associated with an event recounted not in the New Testament, but in the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James. According to that text, Mary's parents, Joachim and Anna, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would bear a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God.

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This is the commemoration of St. Mary's death and translation to heaven, which is represented as pokhoom (transition) or nunchoom (sleep, demise). On the Feast of the Assumption, the blessing of grapes takes place after the Divine Liturgy. 

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