How did the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God change the world?
On September 21, the Orthodox Church celebrates the most important event in the history of Christianity - the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God. This day, like Easter, is sometimes called a holiday of holidays. Why? Because the one was born, from which the long-awaited Messiah, that is, Jesus Christ, will come into the world. But the Nativity of the Virgin was preceded by a century of waiting. According to God's providence, the holy spouses Joachim and Anna were to change the course of history.
How the Jews censure the mess
Joachim was a pious Jew of the family of King David. In the Old Testament it was just thought that the future Messiah should be a descendant of David.
Joachim's wife, Anna, was also a pious believing woman. She came from the lineage of the high priest Aaron, the brother of Moses.
All in unionthe righteous Joachim and Annait was beautiful, only God did not send them children. And beschadie Jews considered punishment for sins. Therefore, the righteous spouses have repeatedly suffered from the mental censure of others. Once this reprimand has reached its apogee.Joachim came to the temple to offer sacrifice to God. But the high priest did not accept the offering, calling Joachim unworthy.
Together with his grief, the righteous husband went to the wilderness to pray to God in tears. He asked only one thing - to give them a child with Anna. The righteous spouse followed the example of her husband and also prayed fervently to the Lord.
Infinite faith of the parents of the Virgin
It is worth saying that the faith of the righteous Joachim and Anna was truly unlimited. They were already in an old age at which people cannot have children. But the pious spouses knew that everything was possible for God, and did not lose hope.
From the Bible, we know several examples of the righteous who, in their declining years, had children: Abraham and Sarah, the parents of Isaac, Zechariah, and Elisabeth, the father and mother of the prophet John the Forerunner. But how did these holy couples react to the news of the birth?
Sarah laughed inwardly, saying, "Should I, when I am old, have this consolation?" and my lord is old ().
Zechariah served in the temple, and when he heard the news of Archangel Gabriel, he doubted. For this, the angel punished him with dumbness until John the Forerunner was born.
But the righteous Joachim and Anna behave differently: they even in old age pray to God for the gift of a child. And they are ready to give this child to the service of God.
All these events, expectations and promises preceded the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos (although no one knew then what kind of mission awaits the girl called Mary in the future).
"The joy of building the whole universe ..."
One can only guess how the parents rejoiced at the birth of the child and how the other residents of Nazareth reacted to this event - a righteous family lived in this city. Looking at the old men and their little daughter, no one else had any complaints. No one could already say that pious spouses are great sinners. On the contrary: everyone understood what kind of mercy the Lord had shown and that this child was quite unusual.
In the troparion of the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, it is said that the birth of the Virgin heralded joy to the whole world:Your Christmas, the Virgin Virgin, / joy to bring the whole universe: / from You bo shine the Sun of Truth, Christ our God, / and, having destroyed the oath, given blessings, // and, having abolished death, having given us an eternal belly.
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