by Fr. David Smith
In the Gospel of Luke, we hear the angel s timeless proclamation to Mary, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women (Luke 1:28). Every generation of Christians must contemplate these angelic words, for Mary is the Theotokos and Mother of Our Lord. Every culture must confront her mystery. Through its worship services, the Church gives us many opportunities to consider the place of the Mother of Jesus Christ in our lives. The beautiful Paraclesis service, sung every day during the Virgin's Lent, offers the perfect vehicle to do just that. Sung from the first to the fifteenth of August, and at other times of illness and distress, the Paraclesis is a supplicatory song, a canon of praise, a collection of eight odes of love, a series of poems celebrating with honor the mother of God. Father David Smith shares with us his own personal meditations on Mary, based upon his reflections on the Paraclesis service. If you have a longing to make the Theotokos a greater part of your life to bless her, as commanded by Gabriel these thoughtful contemplations will encourage and profit you immensely.
About the Author: Fr. David Smith has been an Orthodox priest for thirty years and is currently the priest at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church in Syracuse, New York. He is the host of Watchful Eating, A podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, and the author of Mary, Worthy of All Praise and Help! I’m Bored in Church, both from Ancient Faith Publishing.
Author: Fr. David Smith
Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
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