Feast Day: September 8
⛪ The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos (Θεοτόκου) and Ever-Virgin Mary, is one of the Great Feasts of the Greek Orthodox Church and honors the birth of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Mary is also referred to as the Panagia or All Holy one.
Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents, named Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers for a child. They lived in the Herodian Kingdom of Judea which was a client state of the Roman Republic. At age three, her parents took her to the temple leaving her with other maidens to be brought up in the service of the Lord. They visited her until their deaths, when she became an orphan at age ten. Her parents later became saints in the Greek Orthodox Church.
Image: The icon depicts baby Mary with her parents Joachim and Anna.