Rejoice O Jerusalem. Keep the feast all ye who love Sion. Today, the ancient bonds of Adam’s condemnation hath been loosed. Paradise hath been opened unto us. The serpent hath been destroyed. He who deceived our first Mother of old, hath now seen a Woman become the Mother of the Creator. O the depths of the richness and the wisdom and understanding of God! For, the vessel of sin which brought death upon all flesh, hath become the beginning of salvation for the whole world through the Theotokos. For the all-perfect God hath been born of Her as a babe, and sealeth her Virginity by His birth . . .” – the Glory be, Holy Nativity, Tone 4 (from the All-Night Vigil)
Originally posted 1/9/2009
1 thought on “Our Mother”
You know, I have known friends (women) whose family or others have used the weakness of Eve to condemn them to a kind of second class. But I observe that this is really, fundamentally, a Protestant phenomenon, even when non-Protestants do it – because Protestants don’t know or acknowledge the Theotokos. But she has already become saint of all saints, the first of us, our leader and example, and the redemption of the frailty of Eve, and all we by the flesh of her womb, which we share, if we share it. Just as all men (including women) must guard against the frailty of the first Adam, and cling to the might of the new, so all men and women (all of us) must guard against the frailty of the first Eve, and cling to the ever-blessedness, all-blamelessness, and most-purity of the new Eve, from whom we know God in the flesh, Emmanuel, this Nativity. By our Champion Leader, the Mother of our God, be at peace.