Tag: Blessed Virgin Mary

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On December 8, according to the Church calendar, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. And on December 8, 1854, in his Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaimed: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by […]

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Icon, Part 11b: Icon Types of the Theotokos

 

Hodegetria icon on the iconostasis of my own church

In Part A I gave an overview of just why Mary is so highly venerated in the Orthodox Church.  In this second part I will show some of the major examples of her icon types, and what they each represent.  This will not be exhaustive, of course, for styles and types have changed over the centuries, and some nations and regions have seen the emergence of different themes that have not gained as much traction in the wider Orthodox world.  Each major type has a different message to convey about both the Theotokos and Christ (for her importance is a reflection of Christ), and so each will be found in a different context within either church or home.

Ave Maria: Venerating the Brave Virgin, and her Consent

 

Warning: Including some crass humor in the description of a Great Christian Mystery is intended to drive home just how extraordinary a woman Mary must have been, as well as the extraordinary — indeed quite odd — nature of the mystery involved.

Ave Maria, gratia plena… Hail Mary, full of grace… These words, whether set to the sumptuous music of Biebl’s much-beloved one-hit wonder, sung to another tune, or simply spoken, will ring out through many a church today, the last Sunday of Advent, the last caravanserai parishioners pause at before reaching Bethlehem itself, and the Word Made Flesh.

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On today’s Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary*, one recalls the brilliant prophetic document Ingruentium Malorum given to us by Venerable Pius XII. As Joseph Pronechen writes, “one of the greatest Marian popes of all time speaking of calamities and family unraveling showed in a simple, powerful way the only answer for our cataclysmic time”: […]

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Today, the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Dated exactly nine months from her Immaculate Conception, the birth of Our Lady recalls the special grace of preservation from all stain of sin. We rejoice in the grace received by Mary, for by it, she has also become our […]

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