Category Archives: Theotokos

Immaculate Virgin: Postdestined Before the Ages

“Most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.” Panagia, Achrantos, Theotokos, Aeiparthenos—the titles abound, not only in the private prayers of Eastern Orthodox Christians but in the public liturgies and offices. A prayer … Continue reading

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“God of all things, having known in advance your worth, loved you; and because of this love, he predestined you, and at the end of times he brought you into being and revealed you as Theotokos”

O ever-virginal little daughter who needed no man to conceive! He who has an eternal Father was borne in the womb by you! O earth-born little daughter who carried the Creator in your God-bearing arms! the ages competed as to … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception and the Orthodox Church

by Father Lev Gillet I. It is generally agreed, I think, that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is one of the questions which make a clear and profound division between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Is this really … Continue reading

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“O holy bier, bearing the holy dwelling place—greater than all the world—of the God whom no place contains!”

What a marvel! She has fallen asleep! She has fallen asleep! She who gave birth to the life and resurrection of the world has fallen asleep! By the grace that came from her, every spiritual and intellectual nature shares eternal … Continue reading

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“The Virgin Mother, and she alone, is the frontier between created and uncreated nature”

When the Virgin saw the Archangel, she was afraid lest he be a deceitful messenger beguiling unwary women like Eve, and she did not accept his greeting unquestioningly. As she did not yet clearly perceive the bond with God which … Continue reading

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“All the angels and archangels rushed through the air to gather in a joyful visit to this world, sent from heaven by God to be the celebrants of her holy falling-asleep”

How amazing, my brothers and sisters in the love of Christ! Today she who gave birth to the life of all people has moved on to be a sharer in that life. The life which was begotten before the ages … Continue reading

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“The space delineated by Israel to accomodate the presence of God is finally reduced and expanded to Mary’s womb”

It is of course the heart of Christian faith that God’s presence in Israel is gathered up and concentrated in Immanuel, God with us, in this one Israelite’s presence in Israel: he is in person the Temple’s shekinah, and the … Continue reading

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“Nature has been defeated by grace and stands trembling, no longer ready to take the lead”

But why has the Virgin Mother been born from a sterile woman? For that which alone is new under the sun, the culmination of miracles, the way had to be prepared by means of mira­cles, and what was greater had … Continue reading

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