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The Dormition of the Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary August 27, 2012

Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Orthodox Christianity.
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“Friends and Disciples of my Son and God, do not turn my joy to sorrow…” – Virgin Mary, Synaxarion of Constantinople

In giving birth, you preserved your virginity!

In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos!

You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death!

Detail from an icon of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

The main aspect of the Dormition Icon – to which all eyes are inevitably drawn – is the image of Christ in Glory holding the pure soul of Mary in His arms, shown as an infant.

The parallel between the image of the God-Man Jesus holding the child-like soul of Mary and the image of the Mother Mary holding the Christ-child in her own arms is, of course, deliberate.

The title of “God-bearer” is given to other Saints, such as St. Ignatius. To carry the Word of God, Jesus Christ, within us is the calling of all Christians: to bear Him spiritually within us during our lives, and shine with His glory.

The “reward” for this in our earthly life is suffering at the hands of enemies, even to the point of martyrdom, as in the case of St. Ignatius.Yet the reward after our repose is that God bears our soul into His own hands and carries us into eternity, as we carried Him, for just a short time.

You can find out more about the Dormition icon here

Source: pravoslavie.ru via Orthodox Way of Life

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1. Vin DiCator - August 27, 2012

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! This is antiChrist! Roman Catholic, Babylonian heresy!!

Only Christ is the mediator between God and men! Christ Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The Life: not his mother. She needed a saviour like we do. Wake up and throw off the paganism of the “Queen of Heaven” which originated in Babylon!!

The Prodigal Son - August 28, 2012

Jesus Christ is God.

God became incarnate. God had a Mother. Just as you and I will honor our mothers, so too will Christ honor His.

If anyone has His ear – it’s got to be her!

Who said anything about “the Queen of Heaven” anyway?

There is no paganism in the veneration of the Mother of God.

2. Mike - September 16, 2012

Someone has a Protestant hangover.. lol

Babylon…Queen of Heaven…yada yada..

The Orthodox revere Mary as Theotokos, for she was Theotokos! That doesnt mean she’s a “goddess” or “co-savior” with Christ, etc. The Protestant’s answer to Catholic over-zealousness of Mary is to just relegate her to obscurity.

This is incorrect. She deserves her place as “all will call me blessed”, as the Scriptures state. It is veneration of the Theotokos, NOT worship. Chill out.

3. The Prodigal Son - September 17, 2012

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