Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 2

In this episode, we explore the prayer life of the Theotokos, primarily drawing upon the significance of her practice of secret meditation of the heart, as we read in the words of Saint Luke, “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Saint Gregory Palamas calls her the “first Hesyachast.” Saint Gregory teaches that the Theotokos, while a child sojourning in the Temple, was the first person to take it upon herself to “pray unceasingly.” Veronica invites us to use our time of preparation before the Nativity to deepen our prayer, whether that be the use of the Jesus Prayer, recitation of the Psalms, or another hymn that has meaning to us. “Prayer must not be an occupation for a certain period of time, but a permanent state of Spirit” (Saint Theophan).

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