Category Archives: Theotokos

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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“O Most Holy Theotokos, full of grace and Most Blessed among women, the Lord is indeed with you”

O Blessed Virgin, You are full of grace and among women the Most Blessed of any person; You are the adornment of the human race, the miracle of Angels, the joy of all creation, the crown of virtue, the most … Continue reading

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Fr Patrick Reardon on the Incarnation and Redemption of Christ

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“And the child, skipping and rejoicing, as if in a bed chamber, walked into the temple of God”

Then holding the child with great joy, Zacharias eagerly brought Mary into the holy of holies, perhaps saying words such as these to her: “Come, fulfilment of my prophecy! Come, completion of the promises of God! Come, seal of his … Continue reading

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“Remember me, that I am your creation; remember me, that I guarded the treasure entrusted me”

And about the third hour of the day, there was a great clap of thunder from the heavens, and a sweet fragrance, which caused all those present to be overpowered by sleep, except for the Apostles alone, and three virgins, … Continue reading

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“For at present she is the only one who has a place in heaven with her divinely glorified body in the company of her Son”

In ancient times there were many who attained to divine favour, glory, and power. As David says, “How precious also are thy friends unto me, O God! How great is their authority! If I should count them, they are mo … Continue reading

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