Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
“True theology is the narration of an event lived in the heart.” (Archimandrite Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love, p 179)
As we celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos, we are reminded of the very unique role that Mary played in the history of Salvation. Vigen Guroian writes:
“God gave us these growing things as signs and symbols of his redeeming love for the whole of creation. ‘The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life,’ says the author of the proverb (Proverbs 11:30, REB). The Feast of the Assumption is a harvest of wellness and of fullness of life.
Hail Mary, Mother of God! ‘Hail, for through thee joy shall shine forth:
Hail, for through thee the curse shall cease.’
Hail Mary, Mother of Light, ‘earth yielding a rich harvest of compassion; . . . for through thee the fields of Eden flower again’ (Byzantine Akathistos Hymn).”
(Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening, Kindle Loc. 393-96)