Daily Reading for December 26, 2015, Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

Daily Reading for December 26, 2015, Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

  St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 6:11-16 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 2. Psalm 44.17,10 They shall make mention of your name from generation to generation. Hear, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear. Timothy, my son, aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the...

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Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, Did You Know?

  There are hundreds of Christmas songs and hymns.   They come in all different shapes and sizes and they range from fun to reverence.  You may have heard of a song titled, “Mary, Did You Know?”   It’s about the amazing things Jesus did and questions if Mary knew after...

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Nativity Devotion, November 15: The Handmaiden

Nativity Devotion, November 15: The Handmaiden

  Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit…  (Matthew 1:18)   Good morning Prayer Team! God’s grand plan for our salvation involved...

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The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

One of the most beloved holidays in the Orthodox calendar is the Protection of the Mother of God. The Slavic people celebrate this holiday on October 1. The Greek tradition celebrates it on October 28. The tradition holds that during the tenth century, the city of Blachernae in Constantinople was...

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We All Carry God Within Us

We All Carry God Within Us

Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.  There are many names used for the Virgin Mary.  One of those words is the “Theotokos.”  Theotokos...

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What Is an Intercessor? 

What Is an Intercessor? 

And Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”Luke 1:46-48  Good morning Prayer Team! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, Savior, save us. This...

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Why Do We Call the Virgin Mary the Theotokos?

Why Do We Call the Virgin Mary the Theotokos?

Orthodox Christianity can be confusing and overwhelming for inquirers. To add the the confusion, Orthodoxy makes use of, what seems to be, an entirely different vocabulary. Words like nous, asceticism, and theosis sound eerie and unfamiliar. Most inquirers will notice one word, or title, in particular: Theotokos. What does this title mean and why...

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Daily Devotion: Nativity of the Virgin Mary

Daily Devotion: Nativity of the Virgin Mary

But the Lord answered her “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful; Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10: 41-42 Good morning Prayer Team! Today is the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin...

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The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church

The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church

The Virgin Mary tends to be the touchiest topic for Protestants looking into the Orthodox Church. When a Protestant attends Divine Liturgy for the first (or second, or third, or fourth) time, they will likely squirm during the hymns to the Virgin. In fact, they may be uncomfortable just seeing icons of...

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Daily Devotion: Trusting Our Lord Knows What We Need

Daily Devotion: Trusting Our Lord Knows What We Need

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with His disciples.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her,...

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