On Saturday, November 21, the worldwide Armenian Church will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Holy Mother-of-God to the Temple. Shortly after Mary was born, her parents Joachim and Anna took their daughter to the Temple of Jerusalem to be consecrated to God in thanksgiving for the gift of their child. According to tradition, Mary remained there for a time and was given over to the care of pious widows and maidens who lived at the temple. Later, as a young woman, Mary became betrothed to Joseph the carpenter. Click here to view a video about St. Mary in the Armenian Church.
Presentation of the Mother-of-God to the Temple
At St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, November 21, beginning at 10 a.m.
The Presentation of St. Mary to the Temple. (From St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, Washington, DC.)