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Annunciation of the Theotokos

Six months after John the Forerunner's conception, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth, a town of Galilee, unto Mary the Virgin, who had come forth from the Temple a mature maiden (see Nov. 21). According to the tradition handed down by the Fathers, she had been betrothed to Joseph four months. On coming to Joseph's house, the Archangel declared: "Rejoice, thou Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." After some consideration, and turmoil of soul, and fear because of this greeting, the Virgin, when she had finally obtained full assurance concerning God's unsearchable condescension and the ineffable dispensation that was to take place through her, and believing that all things are possible to the Most High, answered in humility: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." And at this, the Holy Spirit came upon her, and the power of the Most High overshadowed her all-blameless womb, and the Son and Word of God, Who existed before the ages, was conceived past speech and understanding, and became flesh in her immaculate body (Luke 1:26-38).

Bearing in her womb the Uncontainable One, the blessed Virgin went with haste from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea, where Zacharias had his dwelling; for she desired to find Elizabeth her kinswoman and rejoice together with her, because, as she had learned from the Archangel, Elizabeth had conceived in her old age. Furthermore, she wished to tell her of the great things that the Mighty One had been well-pleased to bring to pass in her, and she greeted Elizabeth and drew nigh to her. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, she felt her six-month-old babe, Saint John the Baptist, prophesied of the dawning of the spiritual Sun. Immediately, the aged Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and recognized her as the Mother of her Lord, and with a great voice blessed her and the Fruit that she held within herself. The Virgin also, moved by a supernatural rejoicing in the spirit, glorified her God and Savior, saying: "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," and the rest, as the divine Luke hath recorded (1:39-55)

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

Today marks the crowning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery before all ages. For the Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Wherefore, we also cry out with him, "Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you."

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Annunciation of the Theotokos.

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Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+ Protection of the Theotokos
Wednesday, October 28 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 1 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers of Holy Taxiarhes
Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714, USA
Saturday, November 7 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 8 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers of St. Nectarios
St. Nectarios Church, 133 S Roselle Rd, Palatine, IL 60067, USA
Sunday, November 8 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox, 1017 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Feast of St. Nectarios
Veneration of the Saints Relic
Monday, November 9 – 8:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St John Chrysostom
Friday, November 13 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 15 – 8:15 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Monday, November 16 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Tuesday, November 17 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Wednesday, November 18 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Thursday, November 19 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Friday, November 20 – 9:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+Entrance of the Theotokos
Saturday, November 21 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 22 – 8:15 AM

Divine Liturgy
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 601 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
Monday, November 23 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 601 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
Tuesday, November 24 – 9:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St Katherine
Wednesday, November 25 – 8:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St Stylianos
Thursday, November 26 – 9:00 AM

Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, USA
Saturday, November 7 – 2:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
St Spyridon
Tuesday, November 10 – 11:00 AM

Meeting of the Parish Council
Tuesday, November 10 – 8:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation & St George
Thursday, November 26 – 11:00 AM