June 28, 2015 -
"Holy Virgin and Child”
All things associated with the life of Christ on this earth are considered hallowed by those who love Him. The very land in which He lived is called the “Holy Land.” The wood on which He died is referred to as the “Holy Cross.” It is no wonder, then, that the mother who gave birth to Him, who nurtured Him and protected Him, is called the “Holy Birthgiver of God.”
The Church has always had a special veneration for the Mother of the Lord, Ever since St. Luke called her “blessed among women,” the one who is “full of grace,” the Church has honored Mary.
Consider these words of the eminent theologian of the early fourth century, St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “Glory be to thee, O holy mother of God, masterpiece of the universe, shining star, luster of virginity, scepter of faith, indestructible temple, in whom He dwelt whom immensity cannot contain. Virgin mother of Him, who blessed forever, comes to us in the name of the Lord, by thee is the Trinity glorified, the Holy Cross praised and adored throughout the world, the heavens are made joyful and the angels to tremble with gladness, the devils put to flight, and man enabled to pass from slavery to the freedom of Heaven . . .”
Consider these words from the lips of St. John Damascene in the eighth century: “What name shall I give thee, O my sovereign queen? What words can I use to address thee? With what praise adorn thy sacred and most fair head? I shall call thee giver of good things, the dispenser of the riches of heaven, the ornament of the human race, the honor of every creature, thou through whom all creatures have been rendered happy . . .”