The Venerable Womb of the Virgin

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by St. Gregory the Theologian

Theotokos, not Christotokos.

If anyone does not consider holy Mary to be the Theotokos, then he does not accept the divinity of Christ.

… If anyone does not believe the holy Mary to be theTheotokos, he is without the Divinity. If anyone should say that Christ passed through the Virgin as through a channel, and was not formed in her at once in a divine and human way – divine because it was without the work of man, human because it was subject to the law of human gestation – he is equally atheistic.

… [T]he whole Adam fell by the fatal taste. Accordingly, in a human manner and beyond the human manner, in the venerable womb of the Virgin, He was shown as God and Man, uniting the two natures in one — one hidden, the other manifest to men.

 

About Fr. John A. Peck

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