THEOTOKOS: The Virgin Mary as the Mother of God, the God-bearer or “the one who gave birth to the One who is God.”
1. Old Testament Jewish children learned and copied scriptures on tablets. For special occasions, they were permitted to write what they learned on honey coated, waxed tablets. At the conclusion of this festive lesson, they were permitted to lick off the honey recalling Ezekiel, Chapter 3:3, where he proclaims that God's word is sweet as honey. Jesus likely participated in activities like this. Read more here.
2. Recalling this ancient custom, students here are memorizing the Greek abbreviation for Mother of God or Christ-Bearer, ΜΡ ΘΥ (М҃Р Ѳ҃Ѵ). Later they will be hand writing this abbreviation onto a specially painted wood block and then covering each of the letters in gold leaf.
"Mother of God is the literal translation of a distinct title in Greek, Μήτηρ του Θεού (translit. Mētēr tou Theou), a term which has an established usage of its own in traditional Orthodox and Catholic theological writing, hymnography, and iconography. More here. In an abbreviated form, ΜΡ ΘΥ (М҃Р Ѳ҃Ѵ), it often is found on Eastern icons, where it is used to identify Mary. "
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3. Advent Season. We reflected on how the most pure Virgin Mary and New Ark of the New Covenant, carried Christ the Messiah, Our Savior, in her holy womb. She facilitated perfectly the carrying out of God's will in her life and His loving and almighty plan of salvation for us all.
4. Mary’s fiat merits the acclaim "sweeter than honey" and we honor her in that way. “It buds forth delights; it is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. Drawn to its sweetness, we will always desire more. And there is obedience and service as well.”
A December Poem
Winter is on its way. Today we read that "Following a mild weekend in the Midwestern United States, this week's snowstorm and arctic blast will be a rude awakening." True enough. But, let's focus on more than that. December, a nostalgic poem by Katherine Pyle, celebrates this season's blessings, fun and Christmas joy:
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