Nativity of the Most-Holy Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts
of the Orthodox Church. It is celebrated on the 8th of September.
The Holy Virgin Mary was born to elderly and previously barren
parents, Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers.
Divine Liturgy is served on the day on the feast. The Epistle
reading speaks of "Christ Jesus, who being in the form
of God, and taking the form of a bondservant, comes in the
likeness of men". In it the Lord says, "blessed
are those who hear the word of God and keep it". The
Gospel reading includes the Theotokos saying: "My soul
magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for
behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed."
Nativity, O Virgin, Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Has shone from Thee,
O Theotokos! By annulling the curse, He bestowed a blessing.
By destroying death, He has granted us eternal life.