Commemorated on September 7
The first lesson at Great Vespers (Genesis 28:10-17) describes Jacob's dream of a ladder reaching from earth to heaven, and the angels ascending and descending upon it. The second lesson (Ezekiel 43:27-44:4) speaks of the gate of the sanctuary which faces east. God enters through this gate, which is shut so that no one else can enter by it. The third reading (Proverbs 9:1-11) talks about the house that Wisdom has built.
These readings are interpreted as prefiguring the Mother of God.
Troparion - Tone 4
Today from the stem of Jesse and from the loins of David,the handmaid of God Mary is being born for us.Therefore all creation is renewed and rejoices!Heaven and earth rejoice together.Praise her, you families of nations,for Joachim rejoices and Anna celebrates crying out:"The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our life!"
Kontakion - Tone 3
Today the Virgin Theotokos Marythe bridal chamber of the Heavenly Bridegroomby the will of God is born of a barren woman,being prepared as the chariot of God the Word.She was fore-ordained for this, since she is the divine gate and the true Mother of Life.
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