Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Offering the Virgin Mother

As we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord-in-the-Flesh, let us find our great offering and thanksgiving to the Christ-child. "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."   - Matthew 1:23

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"The Theotokos is creation's own chosen Mediatress before the Lord. In a pre-Nativity Vespers hymn, all of creation - rational and irrational, visible and invisible, earthly and heavenly, are represented with their own unique thanksgiving offerings to Christ in anticipation of His imminent appearance on earth:

What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, Who for our sakes hast appeared on the earth as a man? Every creature which Thou hast made offers Thee thanks. The angels offer Thee a song; the heavens, their star; the wise men, their gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, the manger;
and we offer Thee a Virgin Mother.
O Pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!"

Taken from Mary: The Untrodden Portal of God by George S Gabriel (p. 166).

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