Theotokos

The Fast of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin (Part I) »

August 8th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Leonidas Contos There are in the Orthodox tradition three principal periods of fasting during the ecclesiastical year; they are also the ones that are the least neglected. One is the forty-day period of Advent; the second is the forty-day period of Lent; the third is the fifteen-day fast which begins the first of August, and will end on the fifteenth with the commemoration of the Falling Asleep of […]

A HOMILY ON THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD (Part II) »

August 7th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

We have peace when we are with the Lord and His Most Holy Mother; she is always here to help whenever we call upon her. In her we have unshakable support, which remains the same for all ages and which will not change. We cannot find this support anywhere else on earth, not even among our family members, let alone in things like riches, earthly power, and honor. We can […]

A HOMILY ON THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD (Part I) »

August 3rd, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

I thank the Lord and the Most Holy Mother of God that He has willed to embellish this feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos through the angelic voices of the children who sang so beautifully. When the chanting is as beautiful as this, we are freed from all our cares and our interest for earthly things and we ascend into eternity with the Lord, His angels, […]

Why the Orthodox Honor Mary (Part II) »

August 2nd, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman, August 1, 2016 John’s gospel seems to me to be marked with a profound understanding of the mystery of Mary. Of special note is his first mention of her. We meet her at the Wedding in Cana. John provides no introduction to her character – he presumes a prior knowledge on the part of his readers. At the Wedding, the wine runs out. And with no explanation of a […]

The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary »

March 25th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Commemorated on March 25 The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacombs of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast. In 692 the Council in Trullo celebrated the Annunciation during Great Lent. The Greek and Slavonic names […]