“According to St. Gregory Palamas, Mary, from her entry into the temple, served her apprenticeship in prayer: first the traditional prayer to Yaweh, then the prayer to the Son after the archangel revealed the name of Jesus. From the Annunciation onward, Mary’s entire movement of the heart tended between prayer to God and prayer to the one she carried in her, whose name she knew and murmured in a motherly way – the one to be born, Jesus. In this manner, Mary gradually learned the meaning of her own motherhood by being at the same time turned completely toward her Son and toward God. In her, the Name of Jesus and the Name of God blended. The entire mystery of Mary lies in the unceasing and loving invocation of these two names. Through the grace of the Spirit whose breath penetrated her, these names carried the presence of the Father and the presence of the Son.” (Boris Bobrinskoy, The Compassion of the Father, pg. 103)
A blessed Feastday to all!