Our Most Blessed Lady the Mother of God

“The Virgin Mary looks a lot like the Icon of the Virgin Mary of Jerusalem. She is exactly the same. I have seen her many times and I don’t know of any other Icon resembling her so much.”

Saint Paisios the Athonite

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“Know and remember, that the matter of your Salvation is always near to the heart of Our Lady, the Mother of God, for it was for this that the Son of God, by the favour of the Father, and the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, chose her out of all generations and was Incarnate of her in order to save the human race from sin, the curse and the eternal death, of everlasting torments. As the matter of our Salvation is near to the Saviour, so likewise it is near to her. Turn to her with full faith, trust, and love.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Her hands steadied the first steps of Him Who for us steadied the Earth to walk upon, and her lips helped the Word of God form His first human words.”

Saint John of Damascus

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“If God the Father chose her, God the Holy Spirit descended upon her, and God the Son dwelt in her, submitted to her in the days of His youth, was concerned for her when hanging on the Cross – then should not everyone who confesses the Holy Trinity venerate her?”

Saint John Maximovitch

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“The Most Holy Mother of God Prays for us ceaselessly. She is always visiting us. Whenever we turn to her in our heart, she is there. After the Lord, she is the greatest protection for mankind. How many Churches there are in the world that are dedicated to the Most Holy Mother of God! How many Healing Springs where people are cured of their ailments have sprung up in places where the Most Holy Theotokos appeared and blessed those springs to heal both the sick and the healthy! She is constantly by our side, and all too often we forget her.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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“What is sweeter than the Mother of my God?”

Saint John of Damascus

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“One day Saint Ephraim of Katounakia had a guest. At some point he shakes standing up, reverently bows his head and silently waits for something. ‘What’s going on, Elder?’ The guest asks. ‘Forgive me, my child for this sudden move, but the Virgin Mary has just passed to Bless us. Every day she passes by the Cells of the Monks here on Mount Athos to Bless us all one by one”

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“Save us, thy race, Our Lady! Save us, we who are of one blood with thee! Save us, Mother of Life and Mother of us all, although we are not worthy to call thee Our Mother! Cleanse, sanctify, strengthen and save us through thy Prayers!”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“All-Holy Lady, Gate of Salvation, Bridge to God, Protector of Christians, pilot me on my way, O Virgin, for I am beset by the troubles of this life and tossed to and fro.”

Lenten Triodion

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“We Pray to the All-Merciful and Most Pure Mother of God – and she Prays for us. We Glorify her – she who is above all Glory – and she prepares Eternal Glory for us.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“The storm of my thoughts plunges me into despair. I, a prodigal, have laid all my hope upon thee, O Mother of God. Thou alone, who didst bear the Deliverer of the world in thy womb, loosen my unloosenable bonds.”

Saint Ephrem the Syrian

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“The candles lit before the Icons of the Theotokos are a symbol of the fact that she is the Mother of the Unapproachable Light, and – also of her most pure and burning love for God and Her love for mankind.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Merciful and full of love, she manifests her love towards her Son and God in love for the human race. She interceded for it before the Merciful One, and going about the Earth, she helps men. Having experienced all the difficulties of Earthly life, the intercessor of the Christian race sees every tear, hears every groan and entreaty directed to her. Especially near to her are those who labour in the battle with the passions and are zealous for a God-pleasing life. But even in worldly cares she is an irreplaceable helper.”

Saint John Maximovitch

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“I have been amazed that some are utterly in doubt as to whether or not the Holy Virgin is able to be called the Mother of God. For if Our Lord Jesus Christ is God, how should the Holy Virgin who bore Him not be the Mother of God?”

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

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“All you will need to do is one thing: kneel and say, ‘Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, Saviour, save us’, and you will have a great protection.”

Saint Paisios the Athonite

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“When you are about to Pray to our Lady the Holy Virgin, be firmly assured, before Praying, that you will not depart from her without having received mercy. To think thus and to have confidence in her is meet and right.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Mary was made Mother of God to obtain Salvation for many who, on account of their wicked lives, could not be saved according to the rigour of Divine justice, but might be saved with the help of her sweet mercy and powerful intercession.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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