Commemorated on December 26th
Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos
On the second day of the Feast of the Nativity, the Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated. Combining the hymns of the Nativity with those celebrating the Mother of God, the Church points to Mary as the one through whom the Incarnation was made possible. Christ’s humanity –concretely and historically – is the humanity He received from Mary. His body is, first of all, her body. His life is her life. This feast in honor of the Theotokos is probably the most ancient feast of Mary in the Christian tradition, the very beginning of her veneration by the Church.