Troparion – Tone 4
Today is the prelude of the good will of God,
of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.
The Virgin appears in the Temple of God,
in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.
Let us rejoice
and sing to her:
“Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!”
A few resources for the feast:
An explanation of the icon (and incidentally, a very good site):
A children’s book about the feast (part of the 12 great feasts series):
Coloring page of the icon (from the OCA website)
A biography of the Theotokos for middle school through adults: