Keyword: theotokos

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  • 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...
  • St. John Damascene: Homily I on the Assumption/Dormition

    08/15/2005 5:52:44 AM PDT · by Siobhan · 3 replies · 406+ views
    University of Balamand, Lebanon ^ | J+M+J 7th-8th c. Anno Domini | St. John of Damascus
    JOHN OF DAMASCUS SERMON I ON THE ASSUMPTION (koimhsiV) [147] THE memory of the just takes place with rejoicing, said Solomon, the wisest of men; for precious in God's sight is the death of His saints, according to the royal* David. If, then, the memory of all the just is a subject of rejoicing, who will not offer praise to justice in its source, and holiness in its treasure-house? It is not mere praise; it is praising with the intention of gaining eternal glory. God's dwelling-place does not need our praise, that city of God, concerning which great things were...
  • Maronite Catholic: Qolo (Hymn) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/04/2005 7:11:57 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 65 replies · 7,835+ views
    Qurbono, The Book of Offering, Maronite Catholic Church | English rendering 1994 | Ancient Maronite
    Qolo: Assumption Entrance Hymn Tune: Fsheeto Alleluia! O Mother who gave Life to us, petition on our behalf the Son who appeared from you: may he remove from us the blows of punishment, and keep away divisions and disputes. May he lead us in the path of life in which we journey at all times. On your memorial day, we sing praise to your only Son. Alleluia! Blessed are you, O Mary, for God, who feeds all creatures, was nourished by you and rested on your breast. O Wonder! The Son of God was nourished by a human creature! He...
  • St. Gregory Palamas: On the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

    08/02/2005 9:39:02 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 15 replies · 600+ views
    St. Gregory Palamas
    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...
  • Ukrainian Catholic: Dormition of the Mother of God

    08/02/2005 6:40:35 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 12 replies · 508+ views
    Former Website of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg | J+M+J 11 September A.D. 2004 | Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, Canada
    Dormition of the Mother of God August 15 We extol you, O Most Pure Mother of Christ our God, and we praise your all-glorious Dormition. (Hymn of Praise of the Feast) The very ancient, universal and profound cult of the Most Holy Mother of God left a special mark, above all, in our Liturgical Year, which is not only rich in the variety of feasts honoring Mary, but begins and ends with her feasts. The Liturgical Year opens with the Nativity of the Mother of God, and closes with her Dormition (i.e., her falling asleep), which in our liturgical books...
  • Serbian Orthodox: On the Dormition of the Mother of God

    08/02/2005 5:56:39 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 6 replies · 489+ views
    On the Dormition of the Mother of God Troparion of the Feast In giving birth Thou didst preserve Thy virginity; in Thy dormition Thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. Thou wast translated unto life, since Thou art the Mother of Life; and by Thine intercessions dost Thou deliver our souls from death. The great and wondrous summer holiday—the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God—from olden times has been regarded by Orthodox Christians in the light of a second Pascha. Pascha itself—the Holy Resurrection of Christ—was a turning point in the history of mankind. With His resurrection the...
  • Greek Orthodox: The Service of the Small Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

    07/31/2005 9:07:50 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia ^ | Theosterictus the Monk (or, according to some, by Theophanes)
    The Small Paraklesis is chanted in times of distress and sorrow of soul and during the first fourteen days of August. The Service of the Small Paraklesis (Supplicatory Prayer) To the Most Holy Theotokos The priest: Blessed is our God always, now and forever and unto the ages of ages.If there is no priest, then: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. The reader: Amen. The priest or reader: Glory to You, our God, glory to You. Heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, Who is everywhere present and fills...
  • Greek Orthodox: The Service of the Great Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

    07/31/2005 8:53:40 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 7 replies · 642+ views
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia ^ | Emperor Theodore I Ducas Lascaris
    The Great Supplicatory Canon is chanted during the first fourteen days of August during the Fast of the Theotokos (Mother of God), alternately with the Small Paraklesis. It is also be chanted in every tribulation and in sorrow of the soul. The Service of the Great Paraklesis (Supplicatory Prayer) To the Most Holy Theotokos The priest: Blessed is our God always, now and forever and unto the ages of ages.If there is no priest, then: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. The reader: Amen. The priest or reader: Glory to...
  • Antiochian Orthodox: The Fast of The Dormition Of The Holy Theotokos

    07/31/2005 8:43:54 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 11 replies · 457+ views
    THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS AUGUST 1st through 14th By Fr. Gabriel Barrow During the first fourteen days of August during each year, the Holy Orthodox Church enters into a strict fast period in honor of the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The eminent Orthodox theologian, Father Sergei Bulgakov, beautifully expresses the high regard which the Orthodox Christians have for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, for her special role in the salvation of mankind, when he affirms, “The warm veneration of the Theotokos is the soul of Orthodox Piety.” St. John of...
  • Two articles from the Church of England newspaper about ARCIC

    05/21/2005 7:25:35 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 6 replies · 463+ views
    Prydain ^ | 5/20/2005 | Will
    There has been quite a bit of discussion of the latest ARCIC report--this one on the views on the Virgin Mary. Here are two articles from the Church of England Newspaper that I found interesting: End in sight to divisions over Virgin Mary? Mary: a question of respect Both of these are rather perceptive articles; as End in sight to divisions over Virgin Mary? states, The document is now to be put to the two Churches. If they come to agreement on this it would place the questions about authority in a new ecumenical context and represent a fundamental change...
  • Alleluia - Rejoice for Truth Has Won! (Conservative Orthodox Christians Rejoice)

    11/03/2004 10:35:58 AM PST · by ezfindit · 40 replies · 746+ views ^ | 11/3/2004 | Christian Prisacarou
    Rejoice, for the will of God has been done. We have a President that will stand for life and freedom and do the right thing! Truth and righteousness have won over falsehood and lies. This Orthodox song from South Africa is simply inspiring:
  • Catholics and Orthodox: Thank Mary for Her Intercession

    11/03/2004 10:19:31 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 68 replies · 1,206+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters Photo) ^ | 11/3/2004 | Pyro7480, Sockmonkey
    On the FR thread Catholics Put Bush Over the Top in Key States, Sockmonkey, in post #13, made the following observation: I saw on MSNBC when they showed the Bush family watching the returns come in from the WH, on the table in the corner, next to a lamp, there was an Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. My dim delegate friend said, "yeah, he stuck it there to appeal to the mackeral snappers. It was so they'd see it and go out and vote for him". I said I doubted that was the case since most of the...
  • Why do we believe in the Immaculate Conception?

    09/21/2004 7:43:13 AM PDT · by Tantumergo · 375 replies · 4,632+ views
    2nd March 2003 | Deacon Augustine
    In discussing why we believe in the Immaculate Conception, it’s important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived "by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about in the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain...
  • Eastern Christianity and the Immaculate Conception (Q&A From EWTN)

    12/05/2003 1:11:28 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 954+ views
    EWTN ^ | 11/04/2003 | Anthony Dragani
    Immaculate Conception Question from Dan on 10-29-2003:Anthony, Thanks for you time and effort. Its a blessing. I was wondering do the Eastern Catholics accept the teaching on the Immucalute Concepation? Thanks! Answer by Anthony Dragani on 11-04-2003:Dan, Thank you for the kind words. Concerning the Eastern Catholic understanding of the Immaculate Conception, I will offer a very brief summary of the issue. First, the theological seeds of the Immaculate Conception originated in the East, and were later spread to the West. Since the earliest centuries the Eastern Churches have celebrated "St. Anne's Conception of the Theotokos," on December 9. Only...