This point has been settled by the unvarying use of the whole Church of God throughout all the ages from that day to this, but there is, or at least some persons have thought that there was, some question as to how Theotocos should be translated into English. Throughout this volume I have translated it 'Mother of God,' and I propose giving my reasons for considering this the only accurate translation of the word, both from a lexico-graphical and from a theological point of view. Now I have translated the verbal part 'to be the mother of a child' because 'to bear' in English does not necessarily carry the full meaning of the Greek word, which as Bp.
Divine Intervention or Delusion? By Miriam Lambouras The following article is one that we have wanted to publish for a long time as we believe that its message is timely and important.
We hesitated as it was submitted just after we had begun St Nicolas Varzhansky's "Whole Armour of Truth," and we did not want to have two long and serialized pieces, both confessional in content, running together. Now we are nearing the end of St Nicolas' work and pleased to present "Marian Apparitions.
It began as a result of a correspondence between the writer and our brotherhood. She was troubled, as we had been too, by the fact that many Orthodox Christians seem indiscriminately to make pilgrimages to Marian shrines and that sometimes churches and parishes actively sponsor these pilgrimages.
She asked for guidance, but it soon became clear that her knowledge of the subject was much more extensive than our own and that her perceptions were entirely Orthodox. We have been instructed by her work and hope others will be also.
Perhaps one day the whole work might be published, as it well deserves, as a booklet. The writer, a long-time correspondent with our brotherhood and friend, is a convert to Holy Orthodoxy and member of the Russian Patriarchal Cathedral Parish at Ennismore Gardens, in London.
From the editors of The Shepherd, where this article first appeared. Not being a member of the Roman Catholic Church, I felt under no obligation or inclination to give them much thought.
But learning that an Orthodox priest had been on pilgrimage to Lourdes, and that the wife of another Orthodox priest organized an annual visit by a group of Orthodox women to Lourdes, my interest was aroused, and I began to feel a strong compulsion to take a closer look at the Marian apparitions and their shrines.
Books by Roman Catholic authors were the main source of my information concerning the apparitions and the shrines. I was extremely surprised to find how numerous they were, and in the end confined myself to just fifteen, with a special look at the Miraculous Medal, La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima, Garabandal, Zeitoun, Medjugorje, Hriushiw.
Walsingham I did not consider at all, since it seems to be in a somewhat different category, in that its raison d'etre is a straightforward honouring of the mystery of the Incarnation, with the Son of God as the central figure. The staunchest Protestant could hardly quarrel with that intention, however much he might disapprove of the particular way in which the honour is rendered.
The more I read the more convinced I became that the whole issue was considerably more complex than a straight choice between Divine revelation on the one hand and demonic delusion on the other. One aspect that particularly interested me, and to which little attention seems to have been given, was the question of solar phenomena witnessed at most of the apparition sites from Fatima onwards.
I had no idea that this would lead me into the realm of UFOs! It may well be that those who are far more competent to judge these matters than I am would interpret things in a different light. All along it was more an exploration than anything else.
When I began, I really had no idea where it would eventually lead. A brief resume of the shrines mentioned above may be of help in giving a general background. Bythe Feast of the Immaculate Conception was declared to be a universal holy day of obligation.
Being greatly desirous of seeing the Blessed Virgin also, she requested the intercession of St Vincent and her wish was granted. A small child in white her guardian led her to the convent chapel late at night, where she saw, spoke with, and touched the Lady.
Later in the year, the Lady, dressed in white, stood in the chapel with a serpent beneath her feet, surrounded by an oval frame with the words, "Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to you.
The reverse of the Medal was to show an "M," surmounted by a cross, together with the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Catherine continued to hear the voice of the Lady in her prayers. The Medal was a huge success, and led to an increased confidence in the prayers of the Virgin, the Mediatrix of all graces, and a growing popular demand to have the Immaculate Conception made an official dogma.
While wearing the Medal to humour a Catholic friend, the Jewish convert, later Fr Marie-Alphonse Ratisbone was converted in after seeing a vision of the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal.
His brother was already a Roman Catholic priest. She was surrounded by a brilliant light and was weeping. The Lady complained that Sunday was being desecrated and the peasants were blaspheming the saints in swearing.
The Cure d'Ars and other clergy were regularly complaining about these very sins in their sermons. The discourse of the apparition was very similar to a "Leter [sic] Fallen from Heaven" circulating at the time.
The parish priest declared the Lady to be the Blessed Virgin; the apparitions were later approved by the Bishop of Grenoble, and pilgrimages began.
Melanie became a nun and continued to receive visions and revelations. Maximin tried unsuccessfully to become a priest and was always in debt. Just four years later, ina series of visions took place from February 11th to July 16th, which would result in the establishment of the most famous of Marian shrines.
At the grotto of Massabielle at Lourdes, the fourteen year old Bernadette Soubirous saw "something white in the shape of a girl. Bernadette was given three "secrets," asked to pray for the conversion of sinners and told that the Lady promised to make her happy not in this world but in the next. The apparition asked for a procession and a chapel, and instructed Bernadette to dig for a spring, which was already known to exist.
Bernadette recited the rosary and went into trances.Icons of the Virgin Mary. Sort by: Item No. Mother of God of the Three Hands (“Bogorodica Trojeručica”), large icon The prototype of this icon was painted by Saint John of Damascus in the 8th centur.
large icon Part of a series of icons that are located at the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Serbian Orthodox. The event is recorded in the icon of the Mother of God- Bogolyubskaya. The Bogolubskaya Icon of the Theotokos is a Wonderworking Icon of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) which is venerated in the Russian Orthodox Church.
One of the first things that one notices when visiting an Orthodox Church or the home of an Orthodox Christian is the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Everywhere that one looks, one sees icons of the Blessed Virgin. An Orthodox View of the Virgin Mary. A Protestant preacher recently said that devotion to the Mother of God is the cause of all bad in the world, since she was not a virgin after she gave birth to Christ and was just another woman.
Jun 10, · The Vatican will soon rule on the validity of a series of alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, Pope Francis announced on Saturday.
The site has become a booming tourist destination for the more than 1 million pilgrims who visit the town each year with the hopes of receiving a message from the .
Sep 01, · The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church "The Role of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church," Frederica explains how Orthodox Christians view the Virgin Mary and her role in the.