The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Dormition, and Assumption

Today, August 15, is one of the great Marian feast days. The Eastern Orthodox call it the Feast of the Dormition while Roman Catholics call it the Feast of the Assumption. They deal with the same event but the interpretation is a bit different. The Rev. Patrick Comerford offers the following distinction: The Orthodox Church teaches that Mary died a natural death, like any human … Continue reading The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Dormition, and Assumption

The Feast of the Annunciation, Lent Interrupted

Today, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation, the day the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. This feast interrupts the Lenten season even as Gabriel interrupted Mary’s life with news that would forever change her life and the world. On this day the liturgical color changes from Lenten purple to festal white, fasting gives … Continue reading The Feast of the Annunciation, Lent Interrupted

Scandals, Wombs, and Emmanuel – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 1:1-25. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and … Continue reading Scandals, Wombs, and Emmanuel – A Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, Do Not Abandon Me.”

The saints intercede on behalf of, pray for, and protect us. Through their own spiritual struggle and cooperation with God’s grace they have become our examples, guides, and allies in our own spiritual journey. Their victory through the grace of Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit is a shield and protection in our own struggles. The greatest of these saints is the Theotokos, the … Continue reading “Holy Mary, Mother of God, Do Not Abandon Me.”