21 September 2022

On September 21, 2022, on the day of the patronal feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, with the blessing of His Grace Gideon Bishop Makarovsky, abbot of the Tithe Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, a solemn divine service was performed in the monastery by the brethren in holy dignity.

After the reading of the Holy Gospel, a solemn prayer for peace in Ukraine was erected.

At the end of the service, a prayer was read to the Most Holy Theotokos in front of Her icon, and special clothes for the sisterhood of mercy in the name of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Tithes Monastery were consecrated.

The Blessed Virgin Mary was born at a time when people reached such limits of moral decline, in which their revolt seemed impossible. The Son of God wanted to take human nature for the salvation of people, and the Most Pure Virgin Mary, the only one worthy to contain in Himself and embody the Source of purity and holiness, He chooses to be His Mother. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born in the small Galilean city of Nazareth.

Her parents were the righteous Joachim from the family of the prophet and king David and Anna from the family of the high priest Aaron. The spouses were childless, since Saint Anna was barren. Having reached old age, Joachim and Anna did not lose hope in God's mercy, firmly believing that everything is possible for God, and He can resolve Anna's infertility even in her old age. Saints Joachim and Anna vowed to consecrate a child to God for service in the temple, which the Lord would send them. According to legend, an angel appeared to Joachim in the desert, and Anna in the garden with the joyful news that they would have a daughter.Both immediately went to Jerusalem and met at the Golden Gate. In due time they had a daughter, who was named Mary.

Joachim and Anna thanked the Lord with joy and promised to dedicate their child to the service of God. The date of the Nativity of the Virgin is exactly 9 months from the date of the Orthodox feast of the Conception of St. Anna (December 22).

The Nativity of the Mother of God marked the onset of the time when the great and comforting promises of God about the salvation of the human race from the slavery of the devil began to be fulfilled. This event brought closer on earth the grace-filled Kingdom of God, the kingdom of truth, piety, virtue and immortal life. The Mother of the Firstborn of all creatures is also for all of us, by grace, the Mother and merciful Intercessor, to whom we constantly resort with filial boldness.