St John of Kronstadt
Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple
In his homily on the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos (November 21), St John of Kronstadt (1828-1908) asks “How did the most blessed Virgin spend her time in the Temple?” He notes just four things, and pleads with us to imitate the Theotokos in these, adding that the Church is the “school of faith and piety” which we too, like her, must make the centre of our life.
First he states that she spent her time learning how to pray directly by the Holy Spirit, showing us with what “warmth of heart and love we must pray to the Lord”. Next, he notes that the Theotokos spent time reading the word of God, and encourages us also to study the Scriptures, for in them the mysteries of God are revealed. Third the Virgin spent time in divine contemplation, teaching us that we too must “love the Lord, our Creator, more than anything else in the world… more than anyone dear to us”. Finally, she spent time doing handiwork, showing us “how we must dedicate ourselves to Him