Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy Feast Of Mary, Mother of God

Therefore, because the holy virgin bore in the flesh God who was united hypostatically with the flesh, for that reason we call her mother of God, not as though the nature of the Word had the beginning of its existence from the flesh (for "the Word was in the beginning and the Word was God and the Word was with God", and he made the ages and is coeternal with the Father and craftsman of all things), but because, as we have said, he united to himself hypostatically the human and underwent a birth according to the flesh from her womb. This was not as though he needed necessarily or for his own nature a birth in time and in the last times of this age, but in order that he might bless the beginning of our existence, in order that seeing that it was a woman that had given birth to him united to the flesh, the curse against the whole race should thereafter cease which was consigning all our earthy bodies to death, and in order that the removal through him of the curse, "In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children", should demonstrate the truth of the words of the prophet: "Strong death swallowed them Up", and again, "God has wiped every tear away from all face". It is for this cause that we say that in his economy he blessed marriage and, when invited, went down to Cana in Galilee with his holy apostles.

Council of Ephesus, 431 AD.

Pray for us, Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

(And yes, it's a holy day of obligation. Go to Mass.)

1 comment:

Chants a Lot said...

I'm glad it's a holy day of obligation, but isn't it a shame that it has to be just to get people to go to Mass? If they only understood who the Blessed Mother is, and how she indeed has been blessed, and how powerful an intercessor she is for those who honor her, they would show up in droves. Our pastor, who is not known for his eloquent sermons, did have something profound to say this year. He pointed out that Mary was privileged to be able to kiss the Face of God hundreds or thousands of times during her life. Knowing that fact, why would protestants balk at calling her "Mother of God"?