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Monday, August 15, 2005 AD

ST. MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among
women. (Luke 1:28)

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour."
(Luke 1:46-47)

"Granted that blessed Mary prays for the church, does she receive souls in
death, does she overcome death, does she give life? What does Christ do if
blessed Mary does all this? Even though she is worthy of the highest
honours, she does not want to be put on the same level as Christ, but to
have her example considered and followed. " (Ap. XXI, 27)

"On account of this personal union and communion of the natures, Mary, the
most blessed virgin did not conceive a mere ordinary human being, but a
human being Who is truly the Son of the Most High God, as the angel
testifies. he demonstrated His divine majesty even in His mother's womb in
that he was born of a virgin without violating her virginity. Therefore
she is truly the Mother of God and yet remained a virgin." (FC, SD, VIII, 24)

[a very fine quote on Mary as Mother of God by Luther, was sent by Ephrem,
one of our Orthodox moderators, as one of the very first posts on this forum.]


"The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
`All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favoured lady."
Gloria!

`For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee;
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favoured lady.'
Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
`To me be as it pleaseth God,' she said.
`My soul shall laud and magnify God's holy name.'
Most highly favoured lady.
Gloria!

of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
`Most highly favoured lady,'
Gloria!
(LC-MS's Hymnal Supplement 98, 805)

Grant, we humbly pray, O Lord, to Your servants the gift of Your heavenly
blessing that, as the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary has granted us
salvation, we may daily grow in Your favour; through Jesus Christ, Your
Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One god, now and
forever. Amen.

Thanks to Canadian Kung Fu Master Paul Williams, the Lutheran Moderator of the Yahoo Group Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue.

Also, please see, Pr. Aardvark's excellent post as well.

UPDATE: Mr. Stan Lemon has a similar post but it is the comments that I find interesting. I don't agree with Stan on the whole semper virgo thing - not impossible just improbable. Is this an adiaphoron? I would say yes.

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