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The Mother of Christ: The Mother of God

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The Mother of Christ: The Mother of God

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English language

Size: 11.5x19
Pages: 173
ISBN: 960-889-813-7

  PART I 8
1. Joachim and Anna 8
2. The Pledge 18
3. In the Temple 26
4. Leave-taking 30
5. The Annunciation 37
6. Rejoice Unwedded Bride 42
7. To Elizabeth 46
8. The Testing of Joseph 51
9. Christmas 57
10. The Meeting of the Lord 65
11. In Egypt 69
12. A Templation 75
13. In Cana 82
14. Until the Dormition 83
15. The Dormition 95
16. The Burial Service 100
17. The Assuption 105
18. The Final Mystery 109
  PART II 115
1. The Mother of God and Original Sin 117
2. Her Virginity 120
3. Her Temptations 124
4. Her Sinlessness 129
5. "Higher than the Heavens" 137
6. The Terror of the Demons 143
7. "You Did Not Abandon the World" 147
8. "My Every Hope" 151
9. "Speechless be the Lips" 155
10. "And I have you as Mediatrix" 158
11. "At the Time of my Departure" 164
12. Before the Virgin 169

It is with great pleasure that we place in the hands of the faithful our book dedicated to the Mother of Christ.

In this book we examine how she was brought up, how she lived in society, the details of her spiritual life, etc.

Our primary source is the Protoevangelium of Saint James. In short, Saint James, the "brother" of our Lord (the son of Joseph by his wife Salome), wrote a book entitled The Protoevangelium. In this book he talks about his father, Joseph, the Virgin Mary and her parents.

This is a work that dates back to the first century A.D., that is, to the time when the Mother of Christ our God was still alive thus, it is a work of great importance.

This book was not included in the New Testament, but that is not to say that it should be rejected. Both of the Epistles of Saint Clement were originally in the canon of the New Testament (see Canon 85 of the Holy Apostles). Later, however, they were set "outside the canon". Does that mean that these epistles are now ready for the "recycle bin?"

It may be that the Protoevangelium wasn't an inspired text on the level of the Holy Gospels, but it still gives a great deal of information about the Mother of God; information which the Church acknowledges to be genuine, such as:

Her parents, Saints Joachim and Anna, were childless for many years.

The services and hymns for the feast of The Conception of the Mother of God by Saint Anna (December 9), the feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God (September 8), and the feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple (November 21) are all based on the Protoevangelium.

Even some of the hymns and verses for the Christmas service are drawn from this book.

In this book we have drawn upon the same details that the Church took from the Protoevangelium for its hymns and feasts. We have contemplated them and present them here to the glory of the Holy Virgin.

"With radiant beams, Most Holy Lady,
Mother of God, enlighten my mind,
held fast in the dire darkness of ignorance,
so that by divine illumination
I may declare your majesty, Ever-Virgin."

(Ode 9, Matins, 17 April)

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