Category Archives: Theotokos

Scotism, Palamism, and Thomism

I commend this illuminating interview with Dr Jared Isaac Goff on the differences and commonalities of Scotism, Palamism, and Thomism. Dr Goff is a Byzantine Catholic who teaches theology at the SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Seminary. He clearly knows … Continue reading

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“God in the flesh of a human being, which flesh now becomes his dwelling place in the midst of creation”

Let us begin with the angel’s greeting to Mary. For Luke, this is the primordial cell of Mariology that God himself wished to present to us through his messenger, the Archangel Gabriel. Translated literally, the greeting reads thus: “Rejoice, full … Continue reading

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“Having settled within the womb of the Virgin, He clothed Himself in my fate, and within this womb He perfected a miraculous change”

Our present gathering in honor of the Most Holy Virgin inspires me, brethren, to say of Her a word of praise, of benefit also for those come unto this churchly solemnity. It comprises a praise of women, a glorying of … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God in Both East and West

by Alex Roman, Ph.D. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, proclaimed by Rome as an article of the Catholic faith in the 19th century, has long been an additional point of disagreement between East and … Continue reading

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Panagia: The Immaculate and Predestined Mother of God

“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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St Mark Eugenicus and the Immaculate Burning Bush

We jump from St Gregory the Theologian in the 4th century to two Byzantine theologians in the 15th century—Joseph Bryennius, a vigorous supporter of hesychastic theology, and St Mark Eugenicus, the resolute voice of Orthodoxy at the Council of Florence. … Continue reading

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Mary Prokathartheisa and the Immaculate Conception

In his monograph The Immaculate Conception, Fr Christiaan Kappes advances the following thesis: “The Greek Fathers—in the line of the Nazianzen until the introduction of Byzantine Thomism in the 14th century—never vacillated about the all-immaculate status of the Blessed Virgin … Continue reading

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