July 25 Dormition of the Righteous Anna the Mother of the Theotokos

Read the Life of St. Anna here

Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and the lineage of Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos.

St Anna is also commemorated on September 9.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Anna from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

Forgiveness of offenses, deliverance from evils and correction of life do thou ask for me who today honor thy radiant memory, O all-praised Anna.

In godly manner didst thou give birth unto her who gaveth birth unto Life; wherefore, thou hast been translated unto life everlasting, delighting in ineffable joy and the light which waneth not, O Anna of godly calling.

Grace divine and pure hath translated unto joy her whose daughter gaveth birth without seed; and with great boldness she standeth before the Lord, praying that all be saved.

Having lived righteously and venerably, thou hast now been translated to the righteous Lord, to rejoice with righteous from ages past. Wherefore, having assembled, we honor thee with faith.

Thou didst conceive her who conceived Him Who sustaineth all things; and in manner past recounting thou gavest birth to her who gaveth birth unto Christ. Wherefore, we honor thy dormition, O Anna.

With praises is thy glorious memory celebrated; for thou, O Anna beloved of God, gavest birth for us unto her who is far above praise: the pure Mother of God.

The glorious Joachim, uniting himself to Anna, like the sun to the moon, giveth birth to the effulgence of virginity, for whose sake the Beam of divinity hath shone forth.

From thy womb didst thou give birth to the divine mountain, O Anna blessed of God, and thou hast passed over to the noetic mountains and the mansions of paradise.

In study didst thou perfect the things which are written in the law, and didst become the mother of the Mother of the Bestower of the law. Wherefore, all creation now doth joyously celebrate thy memory as is meet.

Truly blessed is thy womb, O Anna, which bore within itself her who would bear the Light of the world; and beautiful are thy breasts, for they nourished with milk her who nurtured Christ our Nourisher.

As thou didst live a blameless life, thou gavest birth blamelessly to the Maiden Theotokos who bore the Word of the Father; and to Him hast thou been translated with glory, truly deified in partaking of honors.

O all-glorious Anna, thou didst truly give birth to heaven on earth: her who gaveth birth to the Creator of heaven, Who today translateth thee with glory to the heavens.

Filled with the radiance of the Bestower of riches, with immaterial mind thou dost joyously join chorus with the immaterial choirs. Yet be thou mindful of us who praise thee with faith.

O glorious one who manifestly sprang forth from the root of Jesse, thou didst give rise unto the blossoming rod: the pure one who put forth Jesus our Deliverer, the never-withering Bloom.

Let Joachim and Anna, the forebears of Jesus the Lord God, who are adorned with righteousness, be praised today in hymns, as is meet!

Anna hath surpassed all praises, in that she hath given birth unto her who surpasseth all laudations. Wherefore, she maketh her abode in the choir of the righteous.

Thy memory is full of brilliance and splendor; and emitting the effulgence of salvation in the world, O chaste Anna, thou hast filled all with all manner of gifts.

The jar which contained the divine Manna didst thou bear in thy womb, O Anna; and, living now in the heavens with her, O all-praised one, thou prayest for us all.

As thou gavest birth to the Mother of true Life, O Anna, thou hast been translated to the true life and light, crying out: O Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

As mother of the Mother of the Deliverer, O Anna, thou hast gone up from earth to heaven, adorned with the virtues, crying out in praise: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

O God-bearer, thou hast departed for never-ending life, for the vast plain of the meadow of paradise, for the unwaning light, crying out: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

The mother of her who alone is the Theotokos, who before was barren and now is the grandmother of Christ, shed the vesture of mortality as she had that of barrenness. And we cry out in the land of the living: Hymn the Lord, O ye works, and exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Christ hath opened unto thee the portals on high and received thee with joy; for thou gavest birth to the portal through which He Himself passed, showing it to be shut after His passage, O divinely wise and rightly hymned Anna. Wherefore, we, the faithful, honor thee forever.

Thou wast the mother of the holy ever-virgin who gaveth birth to the All holy Word Who bestoweth sanctification and deliverance upon us, O divinely wise and right wondrous Anna; and thou didst reach the end of thy life in holy manner. Wherefore, we, the faithful, ever hymn thee forever.

From the earth of thy womb was the holy earth truly born which without seed put forth the uncultivated Wheat, the Nourisher and Lord of the world, Who most wisely hath brought thee over to inexhaustible nourishment, O Anna.

Today hath thy memory shone forth upon us more brightly than the sun in the effulgence of rich gifts, O most honored one, enlightening us and dispelling the darkness of the passions. Preserve those who celebrate it.

The godly Joachim and the divinely wise and most glorious Anna, the honored and splendid couple, summon us in godly manner to rejoice on their feast, which the Lord of all, the Bestower of light, hath made splendid.