In the Orthodox church today is the feast of the birth of the Mother of God, the first of the twelve great feasts of the church year. We had a Liturgy in her honor last night at church.
Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.
In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: “The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life.”
It’s also the Santa Fe Fiesta weekend, and I was in the Pet parade this morning with co-workers, representing the credit union. It was fun; there were a lot of kids and dogs, and even dog costumes. Afterwards I bought some veggies at the farmers market and listened to some music in the plaza.