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 Theotokos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theotokos (Greek Θεοτοκος) is a title of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The use of Theotokos was formally affirmed at the Third Ecumenical Council held at Ephesus in 431.
The title "Theotokos" continues to be used frequently in the hymns of the Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox churches.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theotokos   (646 words)

 Encyclopedia: Theotokos of Vladimir
The Theotokos (Mary) is regarded as the holy protectress of Russia, and the icon is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
Theotokos of Kazan Theotokos of St Theodore Theotokos is a Greek word that means God-bearer or Mother of God.
One of the most exquisite icons ever created, the icon of the Theotokos of Vladimir is sometimes described as exhibiting universal feelings of motherly love and anxiety for her child.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Theotokos-of-Vladimir   (1191 words)

 The Annunciation of the Theotokos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Mary (the Theotokos) has great value and an important position in the Church, precisely because she was the person whom all generations awaited, and she gave human nature to the Word of God.
This shows clearly in the service of the Salutations, in which the Theotokos is hymned, but always in combination with the fact that she is the mother of Christ: "Rejoice, for you are the throne of the king.
The conception of Christ in the womb of the Theotokos occurred with silence and secrecy and not with noise and disturbance.
www.cygnus.uwa.edu.au /~jgrapsas/pages/annunciation.htm   (4814 words)

 Feastdays and Services to The Theotokos
The sixth important feast of the Theotokos to be discussed is the Entrance into the Temple of the Virgin.
Because she said, "behold the handmaid of the Lord", and "let it be according to your word": the Theotokos brought about the salvation of the human race.
The final stasis reveals the Theotokos as Protectress, Theosis, and the inadequacy on the part of man to praise God, destruction from Adam’s curse, and petitions of intercession to Mary.
www.antiochian.org /1076   (6636 words)

 Dormition (Keemeesis) of the Theotokos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
The sacred Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos marks her repose, which was followed by the translation of her sacred body three days later into heaven.
From that vantage point, he beheld the translation of her body into the heavens, and cried out to her, "Whither goest thou, O all-holy one?" She removed her girdle and gave it to him saying, "Receive this, my friend." And then she was gone.
Neither the tomb nor death had power over the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in her prayers and in whose intercessions lies unfailing hope.
cygnus.uwa.edu.au /~jgrapsas/pages/dorm.htm   (556 words)

 Ikons - Windows into Heaven - Ikons of the Theotokos
The appellation for Mary of Theotokos, or Mother of God, became widespread in the Christian Church much earlier than the fifth century, when a council of the entire church at Ephesus made the title official.
This ikon of Mary holding the infant Christ in her arms is a copy of the famous ikon of the Hodegetria or "Indicator of the Way", in which she points toward her Son as the path of salvation.
The Hodegetria ikon was installed by the Empress Pulcheria in the mid-fifth century in a sanctuary (Theotokos ton Hodegon) she founded on a terrace overlooking the sea in the area of the Great Palace, which was in the eastern part of Constantinople.
www.pallasweb.com /ikons/theotokos.html   (736 words)

 Apparition Discernment - distinguishing between true and false apparitions or visions, including Medjugorje - ...
This part of the Theotokos, Books website is concerned with Apparition Discernment, that is ways of distinguishing between true and false apparitions, particularly, but not exclusively, apparitions of Mary.
In any area we should move from what is certain to what is less certain; to do anything else is to build on sand.
Therefore, amongst other things, this part of the site is dedicated to discerning authentic apparitions of Mary, Theotokos, the Mother of God, hopefully laying down some useful ground-rules for apparition discernment, and also links to deal with more modern unapproved apparitions.
www.theotokos.org.uk /pages/appdisce/appdisce.html   (655 words)

 A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
Therefore, the death of the Theotokos was also life-bearing, translating her into a celestial and immortal life and its commemoration is a joyful event and festivity for the entire world.
All the while the Lord Sabaoth Himself, the Son of the Ever-Virgin, was present, into Whose hands she rendered her divinely-minded spirit, through which and with which its companion, her body, was translated into the domain of celestial and endless life, even as was and is fitting.
The strips of linen and the burial clothes afford the apostles a demonstration of the Theotokos' resurrection from the dead, since they remained alone in the tomb and at the apostles' scrutiny they were found there, even as it had been with the Master.
www.ocf.org /OrthodoxPage/reading/dormition.html   (2448 words)

 The Dormition of the Theotokos
The Feast of the Dormition or FallingAsleep of the Theotokos commemorates the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ's mother.
Church tradition relates that the Theotokos was resurrected bodily and taken to heaven, the same reward that awaits all the righteous on the Last Day.
The Theotokos is depicted upon the funeral bier.
www.theologic.com /oflweb/feasts/08-15.htm   (763 words)

 Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos in Honour of the Icon the Inexhaustible Cup
O Theotokos, on seeing the marvels and wonders granted to those who humbly venerate you, wonders pouring from your icon that miraculously appeared in Serpoukhov, and also from those that were but copies of it, we cry out to you:
Accept, O all-holy Theotokos, the petitions of mothers shedding tears about their children, wives sobbing for their husbands, children, orphans, beggars, and all those who were forsaken, and us all who venerate your icon.  And let your prayers carry our petitions to the throne of the Almighty.
Most merciful Queen, our hope, O holy Theotokos, you are a refuge of orphans and a protector of strangers, a help to those in need, and a consoling cover to those given to bitterness.
www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org /resources/services/akathist_inexhaustible_cup.htm   (5169 words)

 Icons of the Theotokos
The compassion of the Theotokos is transformed into a motherly compassion for all human beings, for whom her Son freely sacrificed himself on the cross.
The personal pain, the loss and the grief of the Theotokos are transformed into a universal grief for the pain that exists as a part of the present life in a fallen world.
This reflects the words of the Akathist service to the Theotokos where the Theotokos is called: “...the brightest morning...bearing the sun-Christ.” The Christ child has an adult face to denote that even in childhood He is the Wisdom of God.
www.umanitoba.ca /colleges/st_andrews/essays/icons_of_the_theotokos.htm   (1300 words)

 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple - Nov 21
On the first Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the kontakion reminds us of the reason we venerate the Virgin Mary and why Icons of Christ and the saints can be used: The infinite word of God became circumscribed when He was incarnate in you, O Mother of God.
The theme of the feast and the Icon of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple is that this historic event marks the end of the physical Temple of the Old testament and is the beginning of the salvation plan for all humanity.
Mary enters into the Temple to prepare herself to later become the Temple of the body of Christ and we are led to meditate on the mystery of the Church, the Body of Christ, and the Eucharist!
www.melkite.org /Feast2.html   (995 words)

 The Blessed
In prayers the Virgin Mary is called Theotokos, which in Greek means the Mother of God, since the One Who was born from Her was at the time of conception and always will be the true God.
With all this reverence for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Theotokos, it is consoling and enlightening to learn how she lived, how she prepared herself, and how she blossomed to such a spiritual height as to become the receptacle for the incarnate Word of God.
Hence the title Theotokos — "birth-giver of God" — given to the Virgin Mary by the ancient Church.
www.fatheralexander.org /booklets/english/mary.htm   (5495 words)

 Icon of the Nativity of the Theotokos
The birth of the Theotokos (God bearer) on September 8 is the beginning of the act of incarnation and our salvation through Jesus Christ.
The Genesis reading for the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos focuses on the vision of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham.
The title "Jacobs Ladder" is often applied to the Theotokos because she was the means by which God incarnate was made present to His people, living with and redeeming mankind and all things.
www.melkite.org /Mediation4.html   (1567 words)

 The Supplicatory Canon to the Most Holy Theotokos
To the Theotokos let us run now most earnestly, we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall down in repentance calling from the depths of our souls:  O Lady, come unto our aid, have compassion upon us; hasten thou for we are lost in a throng of transgressions.
Illumine with the rays of thy light, O Virgin, those who piously confess thee to be the Theotokos, and do thou banish away all darkness of ignorance.
O my most blessed Queen, O Theotokos my hope, guardian of orphans, intercessor for strangers, joy of the sorrowful, protectress of the wronged:  thou seest my misfortune, thou seest mine affliction; help me, for I am weak; feed me, for I am a strangers.
pages.prodigy.net /frjohnwhiteford/mpthn_canon.htm   (1782 words)

 Selections from the Menaion on the Theotokos
From Matins for the Nativity of the Theotokos
O undefiled Theotokos, thy Son has set thee higher than all creation; He magnifies thy birth from Ann and fills all with gladness on this day.
Theotokos, who is brought today into the house of God.
hometown.aol.com /michaelrahoza/Theotokos.html   (1434 words)

 Prayers to the Theotokos
My Mistress, Theotokos, look down on me, I humbly pray thee, with thy merciful eye and despise me not, who am all in darkness, all in filth, all immersed in the mire of passions, terribly fallen and unable to stand.
At the beauty of thy virginity and thy most radiant purity the cherubim did marvel and the seraphim were struck with awe; for the miracle of the Childbirth without corruption neither human nor angelic tongue can tell.
To thee alone, 0 sweet Theotokos Mary, who cloth sweeten the bitterness of death for them that hope in thee and who doth deliver them that cry unto thee from terrible Gehenna.
www.holycross-hermitage.com /pages/Orthodox_Life/theotokos_prayers.htm   (1365 words)

 Mary FAQ #19   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Mary is the Theotokos, the one who gave birth to God.
Use of the title, Theotokos was formally sanctioned by the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431.
Hence, Mary may be called Theotokos, since the son she bore according to the flesh, Jesus, is truly one of the Divine persons of the Trinity.
www.udayton.edu /mary/questions/faq/faq19.html   (353 words)

 The Theotokos
The piety of the Church gives a rather prominent place to the one whom we call the Theotokos, she who gave birth to God, the ever-virgin Mary.
It is not uncommon to find among our people nowadays, and especially among those who have been born and educated in America, the feeling that devotion to the Virgin Mary is some unnecessary, superfluous adornment of old-country Orthodoxy, with which we can easily dispense in our new environment.
Our devotion to the Theotokos, our remembrance of the events in her life, our hymns and our prayers are faithful to the New Testament attitude toward her.
www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org /articles/dogmatics/dmitri_theotokos.htm   (1093 words)

 Sts Joachim and Anna, Parents of Blessed Mary (Theotokos
So much attention is paid by Christians to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, sanctified in every conceivable way, that there is a tendency to overlook her parents.
Commemorated the day after the commemoration of their daughter, who is remembered on other days as well, Joachim and Anna were the parents of a flesh-and-blood human being they called Mary and, therefore, the grandparents of a flesh-and-blood human being, in form at least, who died to save the world.
They were called Sovin and Anna, both of whom became mothers in Bethlehem, but Anna was married in Galilee where Mary, the Theotokos, was born.
home.it.net.au /~jgrapsas/pages/joachim.htm   (573 words)

 Orthodox Church in America - The Hub for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Describe the significance of the event of the birth of the Theotokos.
Read the icon of the feast and explain the narrative details that are similar to the icon of the Nativity of Christ.
Examine closely the Troparion,the Kontakion, the Hymn to the Virgin Mary, and the Hymn from the Praises for this Feast.
yya.oca.org /TheHub/StudyGuides/BibleStudies/VirginMary/Sessions/Session1-3.htm   (535 words)

 Akathist to the Mother of God
Orators most eloquent do we behold mute as fish before you, O Theotokos; for they are at loss to explain how you could remain a virgin and yet give birth.
You are a fortress protecting all virgins, O Theotokos and Virgin; for the Master of heaven and earth prepared you, O Immaculate One, and dwelt in your womb, and taught all to cry out to you:
Unto you, O Theotokos, invincible Champion, your City, in thanksgiving ascribes the victory for the deliverance from sufferings.
www.monachos.net /other/akathist_to_theotokos.shtml   (1706 words)

 St Anna, Mother of Holy Theotokos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Anna, the mother of the Theotokos, was the wife of St. Joachim and the daughter of Mattham, a Levi priest.
The one offered his prayer in the mountain, the other bore her reproach in the garden.
But with joy the barren bears the Theotokos who sustains our life".
cygnus.uwa.edu.au /~jgrapsas/pages/anna.htm   (861 words)

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