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AUGUST: A MONTH DEDICATED TO THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

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AUGUST: A MONTH DEDICATED TO THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

The Place of the Theotokos in the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotokos (Mother of God) occupies next to Christ the most important place in Orthodox Christianity. This is most obvious in the Orthodox liturgical tradition. Entering into any Orthodox church you first encounter the Theotokos. Her sacred icon is the first to meet […]

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THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS

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THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS

For 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 […]

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THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

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THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

The commemoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos and the preparation for the Feast begin on August 1 with a period of fasting (August 1-14). A strict fast is followed on most of the days (no meat, dairy, oil, or wine), with the exceptions of fish on the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and […]

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THE MOTHER OF GOD’S FIFTEEN DAYS OF AUGUST HAS ARRIVED

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THE MOTHER OF GOD’S FIFTEEN DAYS OF AUGUST HAS ARRIVED

Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, a great theologian, saw the Panagia in a vision and wrote: With what human words can we describe your God-illumined beauty, Virgin Mother of God? Your grace is impossible to be identified with either words or thoughts. Only her divine vision gives brilliance, joy and exultation. The beauty of […]

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THE OLDEST HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS

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THE OLDEST HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS

The oldest prayer we know of dedicated to the Virgin Mary is known as “Beneath thy compassion” (Greek: Ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν εὐσπλαγχνίαν; Latin: Sub tuum praesidium). The earliest text of this hymn was found in a Coptic Christmas liturgy of the third century. It is written in Greek and dates to approximately 250 A.D. It […]

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria about Mary the Mother of God, Theotokos

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria about Mary the Mother of God, Theotokos

I see here a joyful company of Christian men met together in ready response to the call of Mary, the holy and ever-virgin Mother of God. The great grief that weighed upon me is changed into joy by your presence, venerable Fathers. Now the beautiful saying of David the psalmist: How good and pleasant it […]

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A Recent Appearance of the Theotokos in Bethlehem

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A Recent Appearance of the Theotokos in Bethlehem

This is the story of the miraculous appearance of the Panagia to a Muslim in Bethlehem on the first day of Holy Week 2012. The Orthodox monastic community of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem related this story to Mr. Lycourgos Markoudes who writes here as he heard it. The story begins on Holy […]

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Why do we place such a high place for the Veneration of Mary?

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Why do we place such a high place for the Veneration of Mary?

Mary has the title of Birth-giver of God or Theotokos.  She is honored more than any of the other saints, even higher than the angels. In Scripture we see the angel Gabriel venerate her and also the Mother of Saint John the Baptist, Elizabeth. (Lk 1:28-29; 40-43) Luke records, “for behold, from henceforth all generations […]

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The Mystery of the Virgin Mary

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The Mystery of the Virgin Mary

The word “mystery” is of Greek derivation, and dates from pre-Christian times. For the ancient Greeks, “mysteries” were those religious rites which involved some process of “initiation”, that is to say an introduction into and familiarisation with some “mystical” and hidden truths. The most well known of these rites were the “Eleusinian”. From the verb […]

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The Theotokos

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The Theotokos

The piety of the Church gives a rather prominent place to the one whom we call the Theotokos, she who gave birth to God, the ever-virgin Mary. On August 15th, we celebrate the major feast day known as the Dormition or Falling-asleep of the Mother of God. Three weeks from that date, on September 8th, […]

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