The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
For many years, the Righteous Joachim and Anna could not conceive as Anna was barren and for this, they were treated harshly by many around them. Childlessness in that time was considered a punishment from God for their sin. This did not stop the righteous ones from praying for a child, promising to dedicate it to God. When the couple were of an advanced age, the Archangel Gabriel announced to them that they would bear a child. Truly, the Righteous Anna bore the Most Holy Theotokos on this day, the beginning of the salvation of mankind.
Σήμερον τῆς ἀτεκνίας δεσμὰ διαλύονται· τοῦ Ἰωακεὶμ γὰρ καὶ τῆς Ἄννης εἰσακούων Θεός, παρ᾽ ἐλπίδα τεκεῖν αὐτοὺς σαφῶς, ὑπισχνεῖται θεόπαιδα· ἐξ ἧς αὐτὸς ἐτέχθη ὁ ἀπερίγραπτος, βροτὸς γεγονώς, δι᾽ Ἀγγέλου κελεύσας βοῆσαι αὐτῇ· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.
Ἦχος δ’. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Ἑορτάζει σήμερον, ἡ οἰκουμένη, τὴν τῆς Ἄννης Σύλληψιν, γεγενημένην ἐκ Θεοῦ· καὶ γὰρ αὐτὴ ἀπεκύησε, τὴν ὑπὲρ λόγον, τὸν Λόγον κυήσασαν.
Troparion — Tone 4
Today the bonds of barrenness are broken, / God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna. / He has promised them beyond all their hopes to bear the Maiden of God, / by whom the uncircumscribed One was born as mortal Man; / He commanded an angel to cry to her: / “Rejoice, O full of grace, / the Lord is with you!”
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today the universe rejoices, / for Anna has conceived the Theotokos through God’s dispensation, / for she has brought forth the one who is to bear the ineffable Word!