Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Abp. Anastasios on "Theotokos Spirituality"

Theotokos simply means Mother of God or God-bearer. This is Mary, Christ’s mother. Think of her! She became the first and best disciple and sets the perfect example for anyone who is trying to follow her Divine Son. There are three main elements in her witness. She said to the archangel, ‘Be it done to me according to your word.’ God's will, not my own! She gives us this example and through it Christ enters our lives. She also said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord.’ We are asked to centre our lives on the Lord, not ourselves. And she says, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ We learn from her another type of freedom, the freedom to be free of your own plans. We realize he becomes present in our lives, as he became present in hers, through obedience. It is the obedience of love, a gift of the Holy Spirit. In her silence, in her capacity quietly to consider events in her heart, we also learn much about prayer as face-to-face conversation with God in silence. Contemplating the Mother of God is a great help and is itself a form of prayer.

His Beatitude Anastasios (Yannoulatos)
Archbishop of Tirana, Durrrës, and All Albania

from The Resurrection of the Church in Albania: Voices of Orthodox Christians, by Jim Forest

1 comment:

Alex said...

There is a new documentary being produced you might find interesting called "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer." I thought maybe you could post something about the film on your website. The film is about the secret practices of monks and nun across the world.

Here's the website:

http://mysteriesofthejesusprayer.com/

And the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjub9vxQ0NM&feature=player_embedded

Best,
Alex