In his homily on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, which we commemorate tomorrow, Metropolitan Amphilohije said a few years back, interpreting the words of the prophet, Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength:
“At the time these words were written there was that ark of the Covenant, the old covenant between God and man, that Holy of holies in which were kept the rod of Aaron which blossomed and was a sign of the victory of God, of God’s people over the gentiles; those two tablets, given to Moses on Mount Sinai and that manna with which the Jews were fed as they journeyed forty years through the deserts of Egypt. Those three Holies were kept in that ark but it was not of these Holiess and of that ark that the prophet of God spoke, rather it was that ark, with those three Holies, which served as a foreshadowing of that ark of God which we commemorate today, the Most Holy Virgin whose Entrance into the temple we are celebrating.”
Accompanied by the angels as she enters into the temple we commemorate on this day not so much her entrance into the temple but the fact that she will become the temple. /”Let us believers exchange glad tidings…honoring his holy tabernacle, the living ark who contained the uncontainable Word…” at Lord I cry./ In that same way, the Theotokos, to whom we offer supplications at all of our services and in all of our prayers, serves as a spiritual guide for us all upon our entering the church. That is, that having entered we never depart, but upon our leaving, our comings and goings, that we take the church with us. That we find a place to build it in our hearts, that its ways become our ways.
Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house; So the king will greatly desire your beauty.