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At one time the fables of the heretics plagued the Church of God, and now the
Church is plagued by the fables of the apostates from God. By perseverance in the
Faith, by diligence in prayer, by confession of the Faith, and even by martyrdom
for the Faith, the Church has remained undefeated. Only by these methods will
these new plagues be defeated.
(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America,
2002, p. 26
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.
The countless numbers of faithful praying to the Mother of God for
her intercession with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The countless healings attributed to prayers to the Mother of God.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes.
October 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
October 9 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital to be with parishioner
while family member had surgery.
From: Wisdom of Sirach 5:8
Do not set your heart on dishonest wealth, for it will profit you nothing
in the day of distress.
The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you
love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those
who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is
that to you? For even sinners do the same? And if you lend to those from whom
you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to
sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be
sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be
merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is celebrated throughout
the world today. Serious minds turn to the Mother of God in thought, prayer
and with reverence. The Mother of God is greatly honored in God’s Holy Church
Serious believers are grateful for the attentiveness of the Mother of God.
Believers regularly turn to the Mother of God in prayer as part of the Divine
services of the Church. Believers are convinced of her attentiveness to prayer.
The Church has recorded miracles involving the Mother of God through the
centuries. The miracle at the wedding of Cana recorded in the Gospel of St. John
involved the Mother of God interceding with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers cherish the purity exemplified in the Mother of God. Her words of
obedience are recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke: ” Behold the maidservant of
the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.
Believers do well to follow the example of Mary and say with consistency to
the Lord: “Let it be according to Your word.” Believers do well to follow the
example of Mary as expressed in song when she is described as “most pure.”
Christians benefit from studying the relationship between the Mother of God
and the Lord Jesus Christ. Inexhaustible lessons exist in learning how to
personally approximate the unity existing between the Theotokos and Christ.
Believers seeking to grow in Christ devote time in prayer to the Mother of God.
Believers seeking to repent of sins seek the assistance and intercession of the
Mother of God. Believers turn to the Mother of God seeking solutions to problems.
Prayers to the Mother of God are rich in content and extensive in addressing
a range of personal needs and circumstances. The Church’s prayers to the Mother
of God enable believers to clearly express interests of the heart, mind and soul.
Miraculous icons of the Mother of God have appeared in diverse and distant
locations. Miraculous icons of the Mother of God are sources of wonder, healing
On this Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, believers gather in
churches and monasteries. Some monasteries and churches have taken this feast
as the Patronal Feast and celebrate with added dimensions of joy.
The Mother of God is a source of joy as she was chosen among all women of all
centuries to give birth to the Christ Child. She holds a unique place in salvation
history that no other woman holds.
Belief in the Virgin birth of Christ is professed at baptism and each
Divine Liturgy. The Virgin birth is recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke.
The Virgin birth was forecast centuries earlier in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.
Centuries have passed since the birth of the Mother of God. Centuries have passed
since her physical departure from this life. She continues to have an immeasurable
presence in the lives of believers.
The Mother of God has transcended the time since her earthly physical life came
to an end. Believers still communicate with her through prayer. Reports of her
presence are recorded in the writings of the Church.
The Mother of God holds a particularly special understanding with respect to
the Holy Mountain of Athos. Females are not permitted to visit the monasteries on
Mt. Athos. The Mother of God is viewed as the guardian of Mt. Athos. 1
Believers’ minds are challenged to consider the far-reaching nature of the
influence, presence and miracles of the Mother of God. Believers’ minds do well
to consider the lessons to be learned from the Mother of God.
Seeking to understand more about the Mother of God is part of the process
of learning more about Christ and growing in Christ. No one has had a closer
relationship with Christ than the Mother of God.
The Mother of God was chosen from all women of all centuries to give birth
to the Christ Child. She was present at the Cross when Christ was being crucified.
She was entrusted by Christ to the care of St. John the Apostle.
The current Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is traced to
October 1, 911 when the Mother of God appeared in the Blachernae Church of
the Mother of God in Constantinople. Her protection is viewed as unceasing.
God’s Holy Church celebrates the life and miracles of the Mother of God
throughout the year. Special observances occur in the Church on particular
dates but the Mother of God is always a part of the liturgical life of the Church.
Believers find joy, comfort and hope when turning to the Mother of God in
prayer and worship. She is ever accessible and readily welcomes believers seeking
her intercession before the Lord Jesus Christ.
Treasures of Mt. Athos
Athanasios K. Karakatsani, Managing Editor. Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997, p. x.
St. Nikolai Velimirovic.
The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. Two.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church,
Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 370
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 1 / October 14, 2012
The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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