Devotion to the Mother of God

7 August 2019

Question: What is the true devotion to the Blessed Virgin?

Answer: The true devotion to the Blessed Virgin is the one that is fully biblical and leads to Christ. The false devotion is antibiblical and leads away from Christ.

The Virgin Mary said about herself: “I am the bondslave of the Lord.” – He doule Kyriou. (Lk 1:38.48) Being children of Eve, we are slaves of sin by nature. Being children of Mary, we become slaves of the Lord. The Apostle says: “We are slaves of the one whom we obey.” (Rom 6) Being slaves of the Lord brings us freedom from sin.

Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord … because He has looked with favour on the humble condition of His slave.” And she added: “From now on all generations will call me blessed.” (Lk 1:48) The archangel called Mary full of grace – kecharitomene. Mary is a model of faith for us. Through her obedience of faith the Word became flesh.

At the hour of death, Jesus spoke the words of His testament to the disciple: “Behold, your Mother!” A disciple of Christ is the one who has forsaken all that he had for Christ’s sake and the Gospel’s (Lk 14:33). He has lost even his soul for His sake (Mk 8:35). Jesus gives His Mother not only to John but to every disciple who stands spiritually by the cross. The disciple who has received her is given the dignity of a slave of the Lord’s slave (cf. Ps 86, Ps 116).

Sin and death came through our first mother Eve. Life – Jesus – came through Mary the Mother of Jesus.

By His testament “Behold, your son,” Jesus gives to His Mother children of God for adoption who will be born through faith. In response to the words “Behold, your Mother,” the disciple received her not only to be with him but in him – Greek “eis ta idia”, Latin “in sua”. It was spiritual transplantation of a new heart according to God’s promise: “I will give you a new heart.” (Ezek 36:26) Original sin is a spiritual genetic code which is in the nature of Eve, our first mother. Jesus, dying on the cross, gave us His Mother Mary as our spiritual mother. In her we receive a new nature, a new spiritual centre – a new heart. Through the merits of Christ, the Mother of Jesus was preserved from original sin. This spiritual nature of our new mother is not inherited through birth but it is received by faith through the words of Jesus’ testament: “Behold, your Mother!”

In 431 AD, the Council of Ephesus proclaimed Jesus as true God and Mary as the Mother of God – Birthgiver of God – Theotokos.

Jesus Christ is true God and true man. By His divine nature, Jesus is the Son of God the Father; He has the same Godhead with the Father. By His human nature, He is the Son of a mother; He took flesh of her. In the strict sense, however, Jesus is the Son of God. He has both a divine and human nature. This was also stated at the Council of Friuli in 796 AD.

The Mother of Jesus is worthy of special honour by everyone who has received Jesus: All generations will call me blessed.” (Lk 1:48)

Nevertheless, contrary to Scripture, some Christians not only do not call the Mother of Jesus blessed but shamelessly insult her. In the book “Territorial Spirits” by Peter Wagner and co-authors, the Mother of Jesus is placed on a level of the pagan goddesses Ashtoreth and Diana, de facto demons. Such an outrage is a grave sin and blasphemy!

Question: The Scripture mentions the brothers and sisters of Jesus.

Answer: The Church has always understood these words correctly: namely, that they were the relatives of the Virgin Mary. James and Jude Thaddeus, the two Apostles, as well as their brothers Simon, later Bishop of Jerusalem, and Joseph were the sons of Mary the wife of Clopas (Mt 13:55). So they were the closest relatives of Jesus – the so-called brothers of our Lord.

The Arian heresy denied the Divinity of Christ. The fabricated argument that Jesus was no God was falsely justified by the fact that He had brothers and so Mary was allegedly neither the Mother of God nor a virgin. The heresies were refuted by St Hieronymus and others. From the 4th to the 16th century, these heresies appeared no more.

St Augustine expressed the faith of the early Church with the words: “Mary was a virgin before, during and after the birth of Jesus.” This expresses the faith of the Church that she not only conceived miraculously, but also gave birth miraculously and remained a virgin throughout her life.

Jesus is the firstborn and the only begotten Son of Mary. All who have received Jesus and become children of God are the second-born sons and daughters… they were born of God (Jn 1:12-13).

St Louis de Montfort says that a false devotion to the Blessed Virgin leads away from Christ, avoids repentance and is of the devil.

Question: What devotion does pseudo Pope Francis have to the Blessed Virgin?

Answer: He does not give priority to Jesus Christ and God’s laws. Moreover, he denies the existence of universally valid moral principles, advocates and covers up sodomy, proclaims heresies, promotes pagan Satanism through the Amazon Synod… He has publicly ridiculed the teaching of the Church about the Virgin Mary being preserved from original sin through the merits of Christ. According to his words, the Mother of God was born a sinner. This is heresy!

In her prophetic messages in La Salette, Lourdes or Fatima, the Virgin Mary always called for repentance. Francis himself does not repent, although he speaks eloquently about repentance, but most importantly, he does not allow repentance, and thus prevents a restoration process in the Church.

 

+ Elijah

Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate

+ Methodius OSBMr                                     + Timothy OSBMr

Secretary Bishops

 

Download: Devotion to the Mother of God (7/9/2019)

 

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“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.”

Rom 8:3 (6/10/2019 – 20/10/2019)