The Theotokos, when she was three years old after the flesh, was led to the Lord; and Zacharias, the priest of God, received her in the temple with rejoicing and established her there.
My Oma was taken to heaven on the morning of the
feast of the entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.
I had a ride to an old calendar church
after sitting outside my parent's door as I knew
that a phone call at 7 in the morning meant
that my Oma had died.
When I was in the car riding to church
I realized that my Oma had been taken
on this feast day of the
I told the priest about my Oma's death
before the service
and he commented about the Mother of God
taking my Oma home
and how he has seen icons of this feast
where it looks almost like the
at three years old
is skipping up the steps of the temple.
I found this incredibly comforting;
that the Mother of God had taken my Oma
on her feast day,
a day of entrances.
It must of been hard for St. Joachim and Anna to
let there child go.
But how wonderful that the Mother of God
came to the temple;
that she was prepared to bear Christ
the Saviour of the world.
I had never really noticed this feast in such a deep
way as the day my Oma died
and the Mother of God took her...
Today the living Temple of the holy glory of Christ our God,
she who alone among women is pure and blessed,
is offered in the temple of the Law,
that she may make her dwelling in the sanctuary.
Joachim and Anna rejoice with her in spirit,
and choirs of virgins sing to the Lord,
chanting psalms and honouring His Mother.
Some years back, when I was a couple months
from becoming at catachumen
I was at my Oma's for Christmas;
I think she turned 95 that year.
And late that night I remember thinking
very strongly of my Oma as a Mother
and the Mother of God.
Now I realize how much the Mother of God was present
in my life and especially during that time;
my Oma bore and raised 8 children;
Somehow I know that my Oma is close to
the Mother of God...