Virgin Mary & Hannah by Cyprian of Carthage

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We learn from the first book of Samuel (1st of Kingdoms) that God listened to Hannah’s prayer and remembered her. God listens to our prayers and He always keeps His promises

“19 Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped the Lord and went on their way back to Elkanah’s house at Ramathaim. And he knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.
20 She conceived, and it came to be at the appointed time she bore a son, and she called him Samuel and said, “Because I asked for him from the Lord God Sabaoth.”
21 Now the man Elkanah and all his house went up to Shiloh to offer the yearly sacrifice, his vow, and the tenth portion of all his land.
22 But Hannah did not go up with him, for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until our boy is weaned from me. Then he will appear in the presence of the Lord and stay there continually”

1 Samuel (1 Kingdoms) 1:19-22

And as Hannah kept her promise and gave her son, Samuel, to the Lord, she became a type of Virgin Mary and a type to all those who obey God’s Commandments.

“Samuel [was born] not according to the order of generation, but according to the mercy and promise of God.”

Cyprian of Carthage

This translation is from The Orthodox Study Bible. You can download the iOS App from App Store. Or you can find it on Amazon in Kindle and Hardcover formats.


Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, Elk Grove, California. The Orthodox Study Bible. Nashville:Thomas Nelson, 2008.

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