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July 25

The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, mother of the Most-holy Theotokos. Holy Women Olympias (Olympiada—408-410) the Deaconess, of Constantinople, and the Virgin Eupraxia of Tabenna (413). Ven. Makáry, Abbot of Zheltovódsk and Unzha (1444). Commemoration of the Holy 165 Fathers of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (553).

DORMITION OF SAINT ANNA

Dormition de sainte Anne

Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and the lineage of Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos.

During the reign of Saint Justinian the Emperor (527-565), a church was built in her honor at Deutera. Emperor Justinian II (685-695; 705-711) restored her church, since Saint Anna had appeared to his pregnant wife. It was at this time that her body and maphorion (veil) were transferred to Constantinople.

Portions of Saint Anna’s holy relics may be found on Mount Athos: Stavronikita Monastery (part of her left hand), Saint Anna’s Skete (part of her incorrupt left foot), Koutloumousiou Monastery (part of her incorrupt right foot). Fragments of her relics may also be found in her Monastery at Lygaria, Lamia, and in the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian at Sourota. Part of the saint’s incorrupt flesh is in the collection of Saints’ relics of the International Catholic Crusaders. The church of Saint Paul outside the Walls in Rome has one of the saint’s wrists.

Saint Anna is also commemorated on September 9.

Troparion of the saint, tone 4

Divinely-wise Anna, you carried in your womb the pure Mother of God, who gave life to our Life. / Therefore, you are now carried joyfully to the inheritance of heaven, / to the abode of those who rejoice in glory, / where you seek forgiveness of sins for those who faithfully honor you, ever blessed one.

Kontakion of the saint, tone 2

We celebrate the memory of the progenitors of Christ, / and with faith we ask their help, / that deliverance from every affliction be granted to those who cry out: / “Be with us, O God, who in Your good pleasure glorified them.”

1 Corinthians 3:18-23 (Epistle)

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Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;
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and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
21
Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours:
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whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come – all are yours.
23
And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

Matthew 13:36-43 (Gospel)

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Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
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He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
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The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
39
The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
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Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
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The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
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and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Beside an anthology on Cistercian texts, Emma Cazabonne has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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