For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed - Luke 1:48
Today is the Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary. The Apolytikion for today would have us sing:
In faith, O ye people, leap for
joy while clapping your hands;
and gather in gladness on this
day with longing and shout in
radiant jubilance. For the Theotokos
cometh nigh to departing from
the earth unto the heights; and we
glorify her with glory as the
Mother of God in our unceasing hymns
On August 15th the Orthodox Church celebrates one of the great feasts of the Church, the Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Theotokos.
After Jesus ascended into heaven the Mother of God lived out her earthly days in the care of the Apostle John. She filled out her days helping to establish the Church, assisting the Apostles and strengthening other believers by telling them the Gospel and the events of her life and Christ's life. She fell asleep the way we all do. By a miracle all of the...
Semper Virgo is like a middle-of-the-night Charley horse for modern Lutheranism. You’re sleeping peacefully and then all of a sudden you’re woken up by an innocuous, yet painful, reality. And the more you toss and turn the tighter it seems to grab you.
Semper Virgo (SV) refers to the historic Christian teaching on the perpetual virginity of Mary. In the Orthodox Church we pray multiple times during liturgy the following petition that expresses this belief:
Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commit ourselves, and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.
Pretty awesome prayer.
Most Lutherans are like me; I was very surprised in my study of Lutheran theology to learn that SV is certainly the position of Martin Luther and the Confessions too! Embarrassed, many a Lutheran is quick to point out that the Living tradition among Lutherans today is that SV is optional. However, the Formula...