Through the Prayers of the Theotokos

October 1 has a feast which is kept with more fervor by some Orthodox Christian than others.  It is the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos.   The Orthodox understand the Church to be not just the people of God, but the family of God in which we become brothers and sisters of God’s only begotten Son.  Jesus’ own Mother, Mary, becomes in this imagery the Mother of all believers.  Father Lawrence Farley commenting on the Divine Liturgy says:

“At the culmination of all these petitions, we ‘commemorate our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints.’ A Christian in this world never stands before the Lord alone, but always as part of the vast family of God, the Church of Christ. As a family, we rely on the prayers of the rest of the Church – especially the prayers of the holy Theotokos, the first Christian, the one who leads us in the heavenly praises of the Trinity. Our blessed Lady loves us for the sake of her Son, and in her loving intercession, we take refuge. In the company of this heavenly throng we ‘commend ourselves and each other and all our life to Christ our God, ’expecting from Him alone the salvation of our souls and the answers to our prayers.” (Let Us Attend: A Journey Through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, pg. 20)

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