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Entrance of the Theotokos

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[[Image:Entrance.jpg|right|frame|The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple]]
The '''Entrance of the Theotokos''' into the Temple, also called '''The Presentation''', is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[November 21]] and December 4 (according to [[Old Calendarists]]), using the [[Gregorian Calendar]], [[Julian Calendar]], and [[Revised Julian Calendar]].
According to [[Tradition]], the [[Theotokos|Virgin Mary]] was taken —presented—by her parents [[Joachim and Anna]] into the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a young girl, where she lived and served as a Temple virgin until her betrothal to [[Joseph the Betrothed|St. Joseph]]. One of the earliest sources of this tradition is the non-canonical [[Protoevangelion of James]], also called the ''Infancy Gospel of James''.
*[http://www.goarch.org/special/listen_learn_share/vmpresentation/ The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/festal/festal.htm#phf03 Icons of The Presentation of the Most Holy Theotokos]
*[http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/v2staff/FixedGreatFeasts.htm Fixed Great Feasts, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Calendar]
*[http://www.canto.ru/calendar/day_en.php?date=4-12-2014 December 4, 2014: Orthodox Menologion Online, Orthodox Lithurgical Commonwealth]
[[Category:Great Feasts]]
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