Nativity of the BVM
The Nativity of the Theotokos, celebrating the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of The Twelve Great Feast of the Easter Orthodox Liturgical Calendar It is celebrated on September 8 on the Liturgical Calendar (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, September 8 is equivalent to September 21 of the modern Gregorian Calendar.) According to the sacred tradition of the Orthodox Church, Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna in answer to their prayers. The Eastern Orthodox Church, like jurisdictions of the Anglican Church, does not accept the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception Mary, according to which Mary was preserved from that original sin which befalls all other descendants of Adam and Eve in anticipation of her giving birth to the sinless Christ. When the Word of the Father, the Logos, entered into the womb of the Blessed Virgin, the Second Person of the Trinity received our fallen humanity from her and the Person of Jesus Christ who was conceived in her womb was one Person, with two natures, true God and true Man healed of all the wounds of the Fall. All Orthodox are agreed that Mary was kept free from actual sin by God’s grace.