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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]]), . Where this feast is celebrated using the [[Gregorian "Old Calendar]], " (the [[Julian Calendar]]), and [[Revised Julian Calendar]]it falls on December 4 according to the secular 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''.

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