The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God

The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God

This concise work is a classic exposition of how the Christian Church has venerated the Mother of God throughout the ages, and the chief errors which have attacked this veneration. It clearly tells why the Virgin Mary should be honored by all generations, but not considered a co-redemptress along with Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world.

"For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." (Luke 1:48)

A right understanding of Jesus Christ, the Son of God is not possible without a right understanding of Mary, the Birthgiver of God. When her image is distorted, the image of her Son also becomes distorted.

The sources of Archbishop John's theology are, quite simply, Holy Scripture, the Holy Fathers (especially the great Fathers of the 4th and 5th centuries), and--most distinctively--the Divine services of the Orthodox Church. The latter source offers a clue to the practical approach of St. John to theology.

From Apostolic times, all who truly love Christ give veneration to her who gave birth to Him, raised Him and protected Him in the days of His youth. In THE ORTHODOX VENERATION OF MARY THE BIRTHGIVER OF GOD, St. John traces her veneration from the time of the Apostles to the present.

Title:The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780938635680
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    The Orthodox Veneration of Mary the Birthgiver of God Reviews

  • Vinnie Santini

    In this short book there are some great insights. The best chapter comes with his engagement of the Roman Catholic doctrine of The Immaculate Conception. But when all is said and done just way too sho...

  • Christopher

    THE ORTHODOX VENERATION OF MARY THE BIRTHGIVER OF GOD by Archbishop John Maximovitch, later canonized Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco by elements of the Russian Orthodox Church, is a short pa...

  • Stephen Borthwick

    That this work is written by a saint is the least of the reasons to recommend it. The clarity, concision, and understanding of the Church's ancient teachings eludes Fr Sergei Bulgakov in his rival pie...

  • Matthew Reed

    A concise introduction to the Orthodox Veneration of Mary, the Theotokos, simply presenting the Tradition of the Orthodox Church. You can read it in a sitting, as it's only about 70 pages long. It is ...

  • Christian Proano

    This is actually a quite balance view, based on Holy Scripture and Tradition.Written from an Orthodox to Orthodox people but non-Orthodox can glean from it too.Though not written in an apologetic mann...

  • Bill Tucker

    While perhaps not an ideal starting point for Protestants and even most Roman Catholics, this short treatise on the veneration of the Theotokos presents a powerful case for nearly two thousand years o...

  • Mimi

    It seems good to review this on St. John's Feast Day, an excellent collection of essays about the Theotokos in the Orthodox understanding....

  • Christian Hamilton

    St. John Maximovitch presents a primer on the Orthodox Veneration of the Theotokos.Many believe that Orthodox (and Catholics, mostly) "worship" the Holy Theotokos. Of course, Orthodox see this as absu...

  • Karen

    An absolute must read for Christians of any denomination. For non-Christians who are perplexed by The Virgin Mary, this is a very easy to read, concise summary....

  • J. Robert Larmer

    An interesting little book. Don't expect apologetics or a reasoned argument for the place of the Theotokos in Orthodox theology. I think my biggest disappointment was the lack of substantial arguments...