Category Archives: Theotokos

The Parousia of the Most Holy Theotokos

“The Lord comes in glory with all the holy angels and with the saints, with all that is holy on earth and heaven. But where is She,” asks Sergius Bulgakov, “the Most Pure and Most Beloved One, raised into heaven … Continue reading

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“Grace opened her eyes to see that she was a leaf of a tree which is the whole cosmos”

The Holy Virgin had the gift of this hypostatic prayer for the world already in the temple because when she was in the temple praying she made two discoveries: she discovered in her deep heart her consubstantiality with the whole … Continue reading

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“And the Word of the Father is formed by the word of a mother, and the Creator is created by the voice of a creature”

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Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite

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“O Virga Mediatrix”

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Immaculate Virgin: Predestined 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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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 unwavering voice of Orthodoxy at the Council of Florence. … Continue reading

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