Why the Mother of God is the Greatest of All Saints

by St. Silouan the Athonite She never performed a single miracle during her earthly life. Even Time magazine has featured her on the cover more often than any other person. So why is the Ever-Virgin Mary considered the greatest of all the saints in the history of Christianity?  The humble soul is blessed. The Lord loves […]

A Great Sign

Sermon by Fr. Matthew Baker Notes for a sermon delivered during Great Vespers, Dormition of the Theotokos, 2014 Today we celebrate a great and joyous solemnity: the falling asleep of the Mother of God in Jerusalem, and her bodily translation into glory. “The Whole Mystery of the Economy” The readings this evening – from Genesis, […]

Confessions of a Doubter: Did the Mother of God Enter the Temple?

by Dcn George Maximov Another excellent gem from Dcn George, who is becoming a favorite writer of mine. A friend once told me about an article on one religious website on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Pure Theotokos into the Temple. The article essentially stated that there was no entrance into the […]

The Venerable Womb of the Virgin

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 […]

Day 24: The Zygote

The topic for Sunday, December 8 – Day 24 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is THE ZYGOTE LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION Today is the feast of the Conception of the Theotokos, yet another example of the Church celebrating human life at the instant of conception. Life. Blog it.       Day 24: […]

Homily On The Dormition

By St. Luke of Simferopol Each of us is tormented with the question: what will happen to us and what awaits us after death? A sure answer to this question we cannot find by ourselves. But Holy Scripture, and first of all the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, reveals the secret to us. It […]

Protestant Reformers on the Ever-Virginity of Mary

from Orthodoxwiki.org Though the Orthodox Church does not follow the teachings of the Protestant Reformers, their views regarding the Theotokos’s ever-virginity are a point of commonality with Orthodoxy. Many of the major figures amongst the Protestant fathers in the faith believed in the Theotokos’s ever-virginity. John Calvin: He says that she [Mary of Cleophas] was […]

On The Theotokos & Ever Virgin Mary

by Archbishop Dmitri (Royster) From an article which appeared in the Dallas Morning News. Because of recent discussions about the Catholic Church’s considering defining a new dogma concerning the Virgin Mary it might be of interest to Christians of other Churches to have some explanation of the Orthodox Church’s position concerning her. The Orthodox Church […]