When the Mother of God entered into the Holy of Holies, the time of preparation and testing of the Old Covenant came to an end, and today we keep the feast of the betrothal of God to human nature. Wherefore the Church rejoices and exhorts all the friends of God for their part to enter into the temple of their heart, there to make ready for the coming of the Lord by silence and prayer, withdrawing from the pleasures and cares of this world.

From the Synaxarion of Simonospetras Monastery