A MESSAGE FROM ABBESS MELANIA
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - Great Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
By thy Nativity, O most pure Virgin,
Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness;
Adam and Eve, from the corruption of death,
And we, thy people, freed from the guilt of sin,
Celebrate and sing to thee:
The barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos,
The Nourisher of our Life.
~Kontakion for the Nativity of the Theotokos
This verse starts and finishes with references to the Theotokos freeing her parents from barrenness, but in the middle it speaks of our being freed from the guilt of sin. That makes sense in that the child that Joachim and Anna are given is the Nourisher of Christ, our Life, Who frees us from our sin. It also makes sense in that our sin makes us barren spiritually.
And so, when we find ourselves struggling with our own barrenness from godliness, may we celebrate and sing to the one who freed her parents from barrenness. And, through her life and her prayers to her Son, may she free us from our own barrenness that we too may bear Christ in the entirety of our lives.
Credit: Icon of the Nativity of the Theotokos, courtesy of OCA.org