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  • Agni Parthene - O Virgin Pure in English (Devotional)

    12/25/2017 5:32:37 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-21-2011
    An ancient Orthodox hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary commonly chanted at Christmas.
  • Why a Fast for Dormition?

    08/01/2016 11:02:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | June, A.D. 2008 | Daniel Manzuk
    It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it. Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose. First, given the pervasive misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting itself, a refresher on its purpose is always a good idea. There is...
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Mary: Mother of God?

    01/11/2012 7:34:56 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1,750 replies
    What Does the Bible say? ^ | 01/11/2012 | Bro. Lev Humphries,
    Mary: Mother of God? This article is prompted by an ad in the Parade Magazine titled: "Mary Mother of God: What All Mankind Should Know." The offer was made for a free pamphlet entitled "Mary Mother of Jesus" with this explanation: "A clear, insightful pamphlet explains the importance of Mary and her role as Mother of God." This is quite a claim, to say the least! Nowhere in the Bible is Mary said to be the mother of God. I touched on this subject in a series on "Mary Co-Redeemer with Christ" printed recently. Question: If Mary is the Mother...
  • Calling Mary “Mother of God” Tells Us Who Jesus Is

    01/02/2010 4:59:08 AM PST · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,220+ views
    CE ^ | January 2, 2010 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years — the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her “the Mother of God” and you’ll see some Christians squirm.This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the presence of the patriarch of Constantinople. His subject was the holy mother of Jesus. The preacher continually referred to Mary as the “Theotokos” meaning “God-bearer” or mother of God. This was no innovation — Christians had invoked Mary under this title for at least two...
  • Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing

    11/22/2009 5:19:05 AM PST · by Yudan · 7 replies · 378+ views ^ | 1996 | Bp. Basil of Wichita
    By His Grace Bishop BASIL (Essey) Mary the Theotokos is very close to my heart, and, I am certain, close to the hearts of all who love her Son, Jesus. I can hardly think of her name without tears. When God, in the fullness of time, because of His great love for His creation, sent His Only-Begotten Son to save us sinners, He chose to do so in a way that is at once simple and tender, and profound, beyond our comprehension. He came to find a bride. And God the Father, who is above all and in all and...
  • Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    11/21/2009 4:46:40 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 686+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 21, 2009 | Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
    In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth. The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church. [1] The history of theological reflection witnesses...
  • Do Whatever He Tells You: The BVM (Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together )

    10/22/2009 11:42:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies · 1,524+ views
    First Things ^ | November 2009
    In 1994, after intense study, discussion, and prayer, we issued a statement titled “Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium.” In 1997, we bore common witness to “The Gift of Salvation,” underscoring God’s unmerited justification of sinners because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and our only hope of salvation. In our third statement, “Your Word is Truth” (2002), we affirmed a convergence in our understanding of the transmission of God’s saving Word through Holy Scripture and tradition, which is the lived experience of the community of faith under the...
  • The Mother of God calls us to be 'Bearers of God'

    12/30/2008 8:43:49 PM PST · by GonzoII · 113 replies · 1,119+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/30/2008 | Deacon Keith A Fournier
    Men have crowded all her glory into a single phrase: The Mother of God. No one can say anything greater of her.(Martin Luther) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - From antiquity, Mary has been called “Theotokos”, or “God-Bearer” (Mother of God). It is a relatively recent phenomenon among some Christians that this term has even become controversial. Yet since the Protestant reformation – it has. So, sadly, it is this title which prevents some Christians from experiencing Mary as the gift that she is meant to be for the whole church and for the world. The word in Greek is “Theotokos”....
  • The Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos

    02/17/2008 4:37:32 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 30 replies · 609+ views
    "Rejoice, unfading rose. Rejoice, the only one who budded forth the unfading apple. Rejoice, birth-giver of the aromatic balm of the King of all. Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded, the world's salvation." The Akathist Hymn is a profound, devotional poem, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is one of the most beloved services in the Orthodox Church. It was composed in the imperial city of Constantinople, "the city of the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist, who reposed in the year 556. The Akathist Hymn has proven so popular in the liturgical life of...
  • "Theotokos" sums up all that Mary is

    12/16/2007 4:05:55 PM PST · by NYer · 193 replies · 567+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 15, 2007 | Carl E. Olson
    God has a mother and she was chosen before the beginning of time. This is an amazing belief, one that is sometimes mocked and often misunderstood, and misrepresented, sometimes even by Catholics. Yet this truth is at the heart of Advent and Christmas–as well as at the heart of the entire Christian Faith. This belief is also captured in a short phrase in the Hail Mary: "Holy Mary, Mother of God." They are just five simple words, but words bursting with mystery and meaning. They tell us many things about Mary and about the Triune God and His loving plan...
  • Homily on the Dormition of Our Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/31/2007 7:25:12 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 13 replies · 301+ views
    Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God. The desire is double, not single, since it induces me, entreats and persuades me, whereas the inexorable duty...
  • Catholic Devotional: Mary, the New Eve

    01/27/2007 9:13:29 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 20 replies · 289+ views
    Various | 1/27/07 | KAC and Others
    O sweet Virgin Mary, O Mary our mother, You, with your yes so generous and bold, Shaking the earth to its foundation, like only one other, Mother Eve's fearsome no, so self-centered and cold. With the help of the Father, your Yes opened the door, through the workings of the Spirit, light entered the world The richest of gifts, through one humble and poor, Heaven reached out and its banner unfurled. Emmanuel, God with us, came down with that Yes, Entering this world as you welcomed him in, His light to transform, find the lost, and to bless, Then die...
  • Tip-toeing to Mary

    10/26/2006 10:54:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,387+ views
    mgardens ^ | September 2002 | Andrew, Amy and Anna DiMaggio
    Mar 27 2003 - Andrew, Amy and Anna DiMaggio We have heard from so many people world wide about the picture, we still can't believe it. The story about the picture goes like this, my wife took Anna outside to take some pictures of her in her new dress. As she began to take the pictures, the batteries in our digital camera died. They came in and Amy said that they could only get one picture because of the batteries. I told her that we have lots of batteries and replaced them for her while they went back outside....
  • An Orthodox View of the Virgin Mary

    01/08/2006 5:27:18 PM PST · by TexConfederate1861 · 110 replies · 1,597+ views
    Orthodox ^ | Unknown | Fr. John Whiteford
    A Protestant preacher recently said that devotion to the Mother of God is the cause of all bad in the world, since she was not a virgin after she gave birth to Christ and was just another woman. This really has upset me. Why do we worship the Virgin Mary and how do we answer those who say that she was nothing but another woman? What significance does she have for us Orthodox? (B.W., TX) One cannot react to every opinion and idea about Christianity. At some point, common sense must prevail. In the first place, the idea that devotion...
  • Catholic Analysis: Mariology is Biblical

    12/27/2005 8:38:08 AM PST · by Teófilo · 317 replies · 4,142+ views
    Folks, my blogger colleague, Oswald Sobrino of Catholic Analysis, has written a good essay regarding "Mariology," that is, the theological study and liturgical recognition of the place of Mary, the Mother of the Lord, the Theotokos, in the economy of salvation. It is entitled Mariology is Biblical. Here's an extract:One of the great stumbling blocks for our Protestant brethren who are on the verge of crossing the Tiber, i.e., entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, is the great attention paid to the Mother of Jesus by Catholics. This hesitation is understandable: Protestantism is a reaction against Catholicism, and...
  • Crying Madonna

    12/17/2005 11:59:24 AM PST · by jb6 · 20 replies · 1,702+ views
    AP Photo | 11/28/05
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Red stains are seen running from the left eye of a statue of the Virgin Mary at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church in Sacramento, Calif. According to Anthony Nguyen, a deacon at the Church, the stains first appeared more than a week ago, but they were wiped away. The stains reappeared a week later. Visitors have been flocking to the church to see what many call "a miracle." (11/28/05 AP photo)
  • Catholic Caucus: Anniversary of 9/11 and Renewing the Solemn Act of Consecration

    09/10/2005 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Maeve · 32 replies · 505+ views
    A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of MaryMost Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of...
  • St. John Damascene: Homily 3 on the Assumption/Dormition

    08/15/2005 6:05:11 AM PDT · by Siobhan · 1 replies · 338+ views
    University of Balamand, Lebanon ^ | J+M+J 7th-8th c. Anno Domini | St. John of Damascus
    JOHN OF DAMASCUS SERMON III ON THE ASSUMPTION (koimhsiV) [201] LOVERS are wont to speak of what they love, and to let their fancy run on it by day and night. Let no one therefore blame me, if I add a third tribute to the Mother of God, on her triumphant departure. I am not profiting her, but myself and you who are here present, putting before you a spiritual seasoning and refreshment in keeping with this holy night. We are suffering, as you see, from scarcity of eatables. Therefore I am extemporising a repast, which, if not very costly...
  • St. John Damascene: Homily II on the Assumption/Dormition

    08/15/2005 5:57:52 AM PDT · by Siobhan · 2 replies · 312+ views
    University of Balamand, Lebanon ^ | J+M+J 7th-8th c. Anno Domini | St. John of Damascus
    JOHN OF DAMASCUS SERMON II ON THE ASSUMPTION (koimhsiV) [171] THERE is no one in existence who is able to praise worthily the holy death of God's Mother, even if he should have a thousand tongues and a thousand mouths. Not if all the most eloquent tongues could be united would their praises be sufficient. She is greater than all praise. Since, however, God is pleased with the efforts of a loving zeal, and the Mother of God with what concerns the service of her Son, suffer me now to revert again to her praises. This is in obedience to...