Here is a beautiful meditation on Mary as a model for all Christians to emulate. I guess that’s why she is called the Queen of Saints. Most holy Mother of Christ our God and Queen of the Faithful please pray for us to Adonai.
Here are two great links to articles that shed light on the the ancient church’s understanding of Mary the mother of Christ Jesus our God based on Sacred Scripture and Tradition.
Let us celebrate the Feast of the Dormition/Assumption of the Virgin Mary the Holy Theotokos/Mater Dei/Mother of our God Jesus Christ! Most pure and Holy Theotokos pray for us your children and disciples of your Son Jesus Christ our God. Lord may your name be glorified through this great miracle that you have accomplished. Have mercy on us and save us Lord from the shackles of sin and conform us into thy divine image amen.
A beautiful post on Mary the Blessed Virgin and Mother of Christ Jesus our Lord.
The prophets of old foretold the Messiah and His ministry, but who could grasp all that they were saying?
Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53:1-3)
Mary understood that God had made promises to Abraham and she believed that He would keep them. She lived through terrible circumstances but never gave up her hope and trust in…
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Eastern Christianity is a very diverse facet of the Christian faith. For example there are Eastern Catholics ( Churches that are in communion with the Bishop of Rome of which the Maronite Catholic Church is the oldest, having never separated from the Catholic Church at all.) There are also, the Orthodox family of Churches of which there are the Oriental Orthodox Church (which consists of the Syriac, Coptic, Indian , Armenian and Ethiopian Churches) and the Eastern Orthodox Churches (which include The Greek, Russian, Serbian, Romanian and other Eastern European Churches) These two groups of Orthodox Churches differ mainly in terms of their Christology. The Oriental Orthodox should be rightly called Non-Chalcedonian Miaphysite Orthodox Churches since they reject the Christological formula defined by the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon that posited that Christ had in His One Person (Hypostasis in Greek) Two distinct Natures (Physis in Greek) , One Human Nature and One Divine Nature, and instead subscribe to the Christological formula proposed by the Alexandrian school of theology that maintains that in the One Person of Christ, there is One Nature that is both Human and Divine and without a separation of His Humanity and Divinity hence the term Miaphysite which means One Nature.
Eastern Orthodox Churches however accept the Christology of the Council of Chalcedon and hence should rightly be called Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches and therein lies the difference. The similarities between the the two Churches are that they are autocephalous (self-headed or self-legislated), that they dispute the nature of the authority of the Pope of Rome and argue that he is “first among equals” or primus inter pares in Latin. Another similarity is that all Orthodox Christians Chalcedonian and Non-Chalcedonian, contend that the addition of a phrase to the Nicene Creed that says that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (Otherwise known as the Filioque in Latin which Catholics affirm) instead of the Father only as indicated in the first edition of the Nicene Creed is erroneous and invalid.
There is also another Church known as the Assyrian Church of The East that is neither Orthodox nor Catholic (in communion with the Church of Rome). The Assyrian Church of The East is characterized by how they understand the Archbishop Nestorius whom they regard as a saint, They contend that Nestorius was wrongly condemned for his Christological and Mariological views and while they do not subscribe to certain aspects of the theology of Nestorius, they do still use the term that Nestorius used as a title for the Virgin Mary which is Christotokos (Mother of Christ or Christ-Bearer) instead of the term used by Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Theotokos (Mother of God or God-Bearer) and also maintain like Chalcedonian Orthodox and Catholic Christians that Christ has Two distinct Natures that are both Human and Divine. Also, The Assyrian Church of The East affirms the position of it’s Orthodox bretheren in not accepting the addition of the Filioque to the Nicene Creed with regards to the procession of the Holy Spirit
Note: This is but a brief description of Eastern Christianity, for more information on the topic do consult the Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity that is a truly comprehensive resource on the subject. Cheers!