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 her. For this reason, talking about Mary at all with Protestants can be difficult—and speaking about her in depth, her role in the life of the Church, and our love for her can be near impossible.

That is why Frederica Mathewes-Green took 3 minutes in a recent video to introduce Protestants to the role of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church. Watch the video above and let us know what you think! Do you think it will help someone you know? Send it over to them or share it on Facebook!

The above video is part 4 in an ongoing series from Theoria entitled, Welcome to the Orthodox Church

Watch Video 1 | Watch Video 2 | Watch Video 3  | Watch Video 4 | Watch Video 5

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Ben Cabe

Ben Cabe is a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Married with two children, he loves to read works of philosophy and theology and is especially interested in how the early Church Fathers utilized and refashioned the philosophical language of the time in order to incarnate divine truth. Ben makes a living by solving problems for businesses through visual communication and animated web content.