Veneration of the Theotokos
In this episode, Fr. Barnabas Powell explains that in the Orthodox veneration of the Theotokos, we are only trying to be consistent with what the Church has been doing for twenty centuries. As a former Protestant himself, he describes how many of our hymns and prayers will be misunderstood by Protestants if they are not grounded in the theology that gave rise to, for instance, our proclamation that Mary is the “Birth-Giver of God.”
But the witness of Christian practice for twenty centuries puts the burden of proof upon those who would not sing a song such as as “It is Truly Meet to Bless you, O Theotokos.” Fr. Barnabas underlines the fact that the declaration that Mary is the “Birth-Giver of God” is a statement about the identity of Jesus as indeed fully God and fully Man. All of us are called to have Christ formed within us that we may bring Christ into the World and declare, with Mary, “Let it be done to me according to your Word.” And we are further called to carry out what Mary told the attendants at the Wedding of Cana, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.”
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