text: Forefeast of the Nativity of the BVM
- Forefeast of the Nativity of the BVM
[in the ancient Roman /Julian calendar 7th September, concurring with the modern Roman Catholic Gregorian calendar 20th September]
+ Universal joy hath shone forth upon us from the righteous Joachim and Anna, O thou most lauded virgin, who in thine exceeding purity becamest the animate Temple of God and who alone art truly known to be the Birthgiver-of- God. Through her prayers, O Christ God, send peace upon the world and great mercy upon our souls!
[from the Aposticha of Vespers for the feast]
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