Holy Virgin Mary
The Theotokos (Mother of God)
(Source: Coptic Synxarium)
St. Joachim a righteous man and his wife St. Anna
(Hannah) were stricken in years and had no children for Anna was barren. The children of
Israel used to insult them because they had not begotten a son. Because of this, these two
saints were sad, and prayed continually, and entreated God by day and by night. They vowed
that the child they would beget would be made a steward for the temple.
While St. Joachim was praying over the mountain, he
fell into a deep sleep and Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, appeared to him and announced
to him that his wife Anna would conceive and bear a child, that would delight his eyes and
please his heart; and likewise all the world would rejoice and be glad. When he woke from
his sleep, he came to his house, and told his wife about the vision, which she believed.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary The
Mother of God (Bashons 1st)
Immediately after the annunciation, St. Joachim went
down the mountain believing what the angel told him, and he told his wife Anna of what he
saw and heard. She rejoiced, gave thanks to the Lord, and vowed that the child who was to
be born to her would become a servant in the house of the Lord all the days of her/his
life. She conceived, and gave birth to Saint Mary who had become the Queen of all women of
the world, and through her we have received the grace.
The Entrance of Saint Mary into the Temple
at Jerusalem (Kiahk 3rd)
When our holy Lady, the Virgin, Saint Mary,
the Theotokos she was three years old, for she was dedicated to God. As her mother,
Anna (Hannah), vowed to God, "If You give me a fruit, I will devote the child to Your
Holy Temple." God answered her prayers and she brought forth this pure saint and
called her Mary. She raised her for three years, after which she took her to
live with the virgins in the Temple.
Saint Mary dwelt in the sanctuary for 12 years. She
received her food from the hands of the angels. When she had completed 12 years in
the sanctuary, the priests took counsel together concerning her, so that they might
entrust her to someone who would protect her, for she was consecrated to God and they were
not allowed to keep her in the temple after this age.
They decided that she be engaged to a man who could
take care of her and who would look after her. They gathered 12 righteous men from the
house of David of the Tribe of Juda so they might place her with one of them. They took
their staffs inside the Sanctuary, and a dove flew up and stood on the staff belonging to
Joseph the carpenter who was a righteous man. They knew that this was God's will. Joseph
took the holy Virgin St. Mary, and she dwelt with him until Gabriel, the Angel of the
Lord, came to her and announced to her that the Son of God was to be incarnated from her,
for the salvation of Adam and his posterity.
The Commemoration of the Life giving
Annunciation (Baramhat 29th)
When the appointed time by God since eternity for
the salvation of the human race had come, God sent Gabriel the Archangel to the Virgin St.
Mary, who is from the tribe of Judah the house of king David , to announce to her the
Divine conception and the Glorious Birth as the Holy Scriptures testifies:
"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was
sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name
was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
|And having come in, the
angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are
you among women!" But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and
considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be
afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. "And behold, you will conceive in
your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. "He will be great,
and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of
His father David. "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His
kingdom there will be no end."
said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" And the angel
answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the
Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be
called the Son of God. Then the angel gave her the proof of the validity of his massage:
"Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and
this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. "For with God nothing will
be impossible." Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be
to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-36)
The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, Christmas (Kiahk 29th)
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world, as calculated by our glorious church, Our Lord Jesus Christ was born from the
Virgin St. Mary. Through the Divine plan of God and His foreknowledge, Caesar Augustus
issued a decree for a general census in all the Roman Empire. For that reason, Joseph
rose, and the virgin with him, and went from the city of Nazareth to "Bethlehem"
to be counted in the census there because he was from the tribe of Judah, from the house
of David. Bethlehem was the city of David. When they arrived in Bethlehem,
the Virgin gave birth to her first born child and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and
put him in a manger, for they did not have a place for them in the inn.
The Feast of Presenting the Lord Christ in
the Temple (Amshir 8th)
On this day we celebrate the feast of presenting the
Lord Christ to the temple after 40 days of His blessed birth. St. Joseph the righteous and
His mother, the Virgin Mary, presented Him in the temple, to fulfill the Mosaic Law.
St. Luke the Evangelist says that when His parents
brought Him according to the custom of the law, the just and devout Simeon the elder took
Him in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now You are letting Your servant
depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You
have prepared before the face of all people, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
and the Glory of Your people Israel." (Luke 2:29-32)
Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His
mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel,
and for a sign which will be spoken against "(yes, a sword will pierce through your
own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
The Flight to Egypt/ The Commemoration of
the Slain Children of Bethlehem by the Order of King Herod (Toba 3rd)
In the second year of the Advent of Christ, the
children of Bethlehem were martyred. King Herod secretly called the wise men
and determined from them what time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and
said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him,
bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also."
When they had come into the house, they saw the
young Child with Mary, His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. When they had opened
their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh. When they were
about to return to Herod, the Angel of the Lord warned them in a dream that they should
not return to Herod, and that they should depart for their own country another way.
When they had departed, the Angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother,
flee to Egypt and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young child
to destroy Him." Joseph arose, took the young child and His mother by night and
departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the
wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children
who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts from two years old and under, according to
the time which he had determined from the wise men.
The Departure of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary,
the Theotokos (Toba 21st)
The years of her life on earth were 60 years. She
was 12 years old when she left the temple. She spent 34 years in Joseph's house, until the
Ascension of the Lord, and 14 years with St. John the Evangelist, according to the
commandment of the Lord which he told her at the cross, "Behold, this is your
son," and to St. John, "Behold, this is your mother."
As she was always praying in the holy sepulchre, the
Holy Spirit informed her that she was about to depart from this temporal world. When the
time of her departure arrived, the virgins of the Mount of Olives came to her, with the
apostles, who were still alive, and they surrounded her bed.
The Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom is the glory, with a
host of thousands and thousands of angels came to her and comforted her and told her about
the eternal joy that was prepared for her, and she rejoiced. The apostles and the virgins
asked her to bless them. She stretched her hand and blessed them all, and she gave up her
pure spirit in the hand of her Son and God, and He took her spirit to the heavenly
The apostles prepared the body in a fitting manner
and carried it to Gethsemane. Some of the Jews blocked their way to prevent them from
burying the body. One of the Jews seized the coffin with his hands, which were separated
instantly from his body and they remained attached to the coffin. He regretted his evil
deed and wept bitterly. Through the supplications of the saintly apostles, his hands were
reattached to his body, and he believed in the Lord Christ. When they placed the body in
the tomb, the Lord hid it from them.
The Assumption of the Body of the Pure
Virgin St. Mary (Mesra 16th)
St. Thomas was absent at the time of St. Mary's
departure, but he came after the burial. On his way back to Jerusalem, St. Thomas saw
angels carrying St. Mary's pure body and ascending with it to heaven, and one of the
angels said to him, "Hurry and kiss the pure body of St. Mary."
When he arrived to the disciples, they informed him
about St. Mary's departure. He told them, "I will not believe, unless I see her body,
as you all know how I did doubt the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ before."
They took him to the tomb, to uncover the body but they did not find it, and they were
perplexed and amazed.
St. Thomas told them how he saw the pure body
ascending to heaven, carried by angels. The Holy Spirit then told them, "The Lord did
not Will to leave Her Holy body on earth." The Lord had promised his pure apostles
that they would see her in flesh another time. They were waiting for the fulfillment of
this truthful promise, until the sixteenth day of the month of Misra, when the promise of
seeing her was fulfilled. They saw her sitting on the right hand of her Son and her Lord,
surrounded by the angelic Host, as David prophesied and said, "At your right hand
stands the queen." (Psalm 45:9)
|In addition, our
Coptic church have many feasts to commemorate Holy Virgin Mary
- The Commemoration of the Virgin Mary in 21st day of
- The Entrance of St. Mary into the Temple in Kiahk 3
- The Apparition of the Pure Lady the Virgin in the
church of Zeiton , 1968 AD in Baramhat 24th
- The Commemoration of the building churches in the
name of St. Mary in different cities (various dates)
May her blessings and prayers be with us all, Amen.