n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The Virgin Mary as Theotokos
|Article Title||The Virgin Mary as Theotokos|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Afro-Hellenic studies|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||139 - 148|
|Keyword(s)||Doctrinal teaching, Mother of God, Theotokos and Vaal University of Technology|
The Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, in her intrinsic reality, has been honoured for centuries as the Theotokos as promulgated by the Third Ecumenical Council and plays a vital role in the Christian economy. The Orthodox Church, from its inception, emphasizes the Divinity of Christ in the Incarnation, the Logos, and our own Theosis as a consequence, it also stresses the Divine maternity of the Virgin Mary. The Theotokos, is integrally related to Christ and the Body of Christ that is the Holy Church or Bride of Christ. The Virgin Mary is thus an integral part of the liturgical prayer life and Sacred Tradition of the Orthodox Church. Mary, was the name of six women in the New Testament, including the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the sister of Lazarus, the wife of Cleopas, the mother of Mark, and a Christian woman in Rome. We refer to the Mother of Jesus as the "Virgin Mary" in order to distinguish her from the other five. Christians of whichever denomination believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He is also God, being the 2nd Person of the Triune Godhead, along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is however also the son of the Virgin Mary. How can one thus say "Mary, Mother of Jesus," but not accept "Mary, Mother of God"? Why is the Virgin Mary the Theotokos a sign of God's Mercy to humankind?
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