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#1 lars

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 11:48 AM

December 9 and July 25 is the nameday of Anna.
Which is for the married and which for the unmarried?
Please help!
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#2 Yorgos

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:05 PM

This is a rather intriguing question, as you will see from the following story.

Tradition has it that Anna and Ioakim were married but had no children. Even in their old age Anna would pray to God to give her a child and that if she was to have one she would dedicate the child to God. One day, while she was alone and was praying, an angel came and told her that she will have a child and that this child will be the mother of the son of God. When Ioakim returned she told him what the angel’s message was and they rejoiced! The Orthodox Church celebrates the “Syllipsis” (conception) by Saint Anna on the 9th of December.

The Church also celebrates the “Koimisis” (passing away) of Saint Anna on the 25th of July.

Now I would guess that an unmarried Anna would most probably celebrate her name day on the 9th of December in the expectation of having a child soon. A married Anna, assuming that she already has children, has nothing else to wait for other than....her “Koimisis”.

So, you can see that tradition does not offer us a clear cut reason for why and when an Anna, depending on her marital status, would celebrate her name day. But then, women, sometimes, move in mysterious ways!

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 04:46 PM

I think only Maria's have a married and unmarried name day separately.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:23 AM

"So, you can see that tradition does not offer us a clear cut reason for why and when an Anna, depending on her marital status, would celebrate her name day. But then, women, sometimes, move in mysterious ways!"

Oh is that so? I never noticed that or have I! Of course I have, like all men!
I guess, I have to hide now from all the objections coming up????

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:24 PM

That was a great story, I didn't know, Yorgos. Thank you
Sheila