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St. Anna, the Prophetess


Commemorated on February 3

According to St Luke’s Gospel, “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Aser. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband for seven years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not leave the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. And coming at that very hour, also gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption at Jerusalem” (Luke 2:36-38).

Troparion (Tone 1) –

In the Temple thou didst embrace as an infant God the Word Who became flesh,

O glorious Elder Symeon, who didst hold God in thine arms.

And also as a Prophetess the august Anna ascribed praise to Him.

We acclaim you as divine servants of Christ.

Kontakion (Tone 3) –

Let Symeon the Righteous and Anna the Prophetess,

that godly pair, be praised together;

well-pleasing to God,

they became witnesses of the Incarnate Lord.

When they saw Him as an infant, together they worshipped Him.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (