In the Gospel of Luke, we hear the angels timeless proclamation to Mary, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women (Luke 1:28). Every generation of Christians must contemplate these angelic words, for Mary is the Theotokos and Mother of Our Lord. Every culture must confront her mystery. Through its worship services, the Church gives us many opportunities to consider the place of the Mother of Jesus Christ in our lives. The beautiful Paraclesis service, sung every day during the Virgins Lent, offers the perfect vehicle to do just that. Sung from the first to the fifteenth of August, and at other times of illness and distress, the Paraclesis is a supplicatory song, a canon of praise, a collection of eight odes of love, a series of poems celebrating with honor the mother of God. Father David Smith shares with us his own personal meditations on Mary, based upon his reflections on the Paraclesis service. If you have a longing to make the Theotokos a greater part of your life to bless her, as commanded by Gabriel These thoughtful contemplations will encourage and profit you immensely.
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From the first, Christians loved Mary. Christians today stand behind these fervent believers and peer over their shoulders. Frederica Mathewes-Green writes: “I hope that we will be able to see what they saw, and come to love her too. We’ll do that by reading three ancient texts about Mary. In each case we’ll begin with some historic background, and then move to consider theological and cultural questions (sometimes, uncomfortable questions) that the document raises.”
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This is a treatise of a grand theme by a renowned and respected Orthodox theologian and writer. Dr. George S. Gabriel joins together powerful theological contemplation and meticulous writing in this well-researched study of a primary mystery of ancient Christian faith: the unspeakable mystery of Mary who, offering herself as the ground where the Creator descended to meet His creation, mothered God in human flesh.
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