Monday, September 8, 2008

The Nativity of the Theotokos

Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Son of Justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

(Troparion from the Nativity of the Theotokos)

O Undefiled One, by the holy Nativity Joachim and Anna were set free from the reproach of childlessness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of deatth. Delivered from the guilt of sin, Thy people keep the feast as they sing to thee: The barren womb bears the Theotokos who sustains our life.

(Kontakion of the Matins service of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

I wish you each a blessed feast of the Theotokos' Birth. I am going to take a few days off from my Bible studies, since, as it turns out, I covered two weeks' worth of material last week. This coming Sunday, we will review John chapter 14. The following Sunday we will look at the first half of John 15 (or maybe the whole chapter, but probably not).

In the meantime, I'll post some other things this week.


charlene said...

Father James,
I am wondering a bit further about our veneration of Mary. Am I correct that Mary was ASKED to bear the Christ child, and not dictated to? Her permission was needed, I assume, because without free will, mankind would be just puppets. When Mary agreed, she agreed not just for herself, but in a sense for all humankind. Jesus was fully God, and through Mary, fully man as well. Mary's actions allowed us all the opportunity to be saved from death, and this could not have happened without her. Is my logic okay here, or is it in the fuzzy range?

Fr. James Early said...


You are correct on all counts. May the Lord bless you!