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Saints Are Us

Advent 4 to Christmas

141204_saintsThe fourth Sunday of Advent is one of the days we commemorate the role of St. Mary the Virgin in the Episcopal Calendar. The other days of Marian commemoration are August 15th, the Presentation, the Annunciation, and the Visitation.

Early in church history, Mary was honored and esteemed. Irenaeus called her the New Eve; Athanasius taught her perpetual virginity, while the Council of Ephesus in 431 declared her “Theotokas.” To my mind Theotokas, the one who carries God, is the example for all followers of the Way. Mary is our model of how we do that, giving our whole selves to bring Our Lord to the world. Our goal is to be pregnant with God, to bring the Holy One to all of creation, all of us, women and men alike.

During this Holy Day Season of the celebration of the Incarnation, pray over and think about how you, in everyday life, births the Presence of Our Lord. Have a Blessed and Holy Christmas Season!

The “Saints Are Us” is getting time off (for good behavior!?!?), and will return on the week of January 4, 2015, when we will highlight the Feast of the Epiphany.

bro. John, O.C.P.

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