Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Feast of Mary, Mother of God


Today is the feast of the Theotokos--Mary the Mother of God. Since Jesus was *always* God, and his Divine nature was always present at every moment, then Mary, indeed is the Mother of God, and the Bearer of God--Theotokos.

Prayer to the Theotokos
by Scheme-hieromonk St. Nilus of Sora Skete

All-merciful Virgin Theotokos, Mother of compassions and love for mankind, my most beloved hope and aspiration! 0 Mother of the most sweet and most desired Savior, Who exceedeth every love, Jesus Christ, the Lover of mankind and my God, the Light of my darkened soul! I, the exceeding sinful and hopeless one, fall down before thee, to thee I make my prayer, 0 well-spring of compassion, Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Abyss of compassion and Depth of mercies and love for mankind: Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, I painfully cry to thee; have mercy on me who am all in wounds, who have fallen among brutish thieves and who am, alas!, stripped naked of the garment in which the Father clothed me. Wherefore I lie stripped of every good deed, my wounds stinking and festering before my madness. 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. Do thou take pity on me and grant me a helping hand, lift me up out of sinful depths, 0 my Joy! Deliver me from them that surround me; make thy face to shine upon thy servant; save the perishing, cleanse the filthy, raise up the terrible fallen: for thou canst do all things, as thou art the Mother of God Almighty. Pour forth on me the oil of thy compassion and grant me to overflow the wine of compunction, for I have acquired thee as truly the only hope in my life; turn thou not away from me who flee to thee, but behold my grief, 0 Virgin, and the longing of my soul and accept this prayer and save me, 0 thou the Mediatress of my salvation. Amen.

7 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Beautiful prayer thankyou!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

You're welcome.

Joyful Catholics said...

I echo Jackie. Thank you. Blessed and happy New Year to you.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Thanks so much!

Angela M. said...

Happy New Year!
I have mothballed the old blog and the new one is here:

http://michaelgabrielraphael.blogspot.com/

Divine Mercy said...

hi dymphna!

i have changed my blog name to Saint Therese's Roses. the blog address is still the same, only the name has changed. can you please rename it to Saint Therese's Roses in your sidebar instead of Divine Mercy? thanks, and God bless!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Wow, everyone is doing new blogs!

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