HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
1703 Macomber St., Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone: 419.206.2190 / E-MAIL email@example.com
WHY DEVOTION TO MARY IS SO IMPORTANT TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS
Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
Roman Catholics describe devotion to Mary in the phrase “To Jesus through Mary”. Holy Orthodoxy, ever guided by the Holy Spirit, rejects this concept. Mary is not our contact point to Jesus, rather Jesus is our contact point to Mary. I believe that it is impossible to have Jesus as your brother if you don’t have Mary as your Mother but it is through faith in Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit which gains for us admission into the Communion of Saints and as part of the Communion of Saints we petition for a sharing in Mary’s ministry of intercession. Orthodoxy asks only that, in the measure God wills, Mary pray for us believing God alone can grant our petition. By the working of the Holy Spirit in the body of believers (Communion of Saints) Jesus is glorified and through Jesus glory given to our heavenly Father.
Biblical Orthodoxy defines Theology as the experience of God lived out in the life of the church and Mary is very much part of that experience. Synergy with the Father in Christ requires support from the prayers of the Communion of Saints, which means in a special and very real way with the intercession of Mary
There is no such thing as “me and Jesus” as we are always united with the prayers of the Communion of Saints and so it is “we and Jesus” (Revelation 8:3-5).
Sin means to miss the mark and be estranged from God and at our Baptism we become integrated into the life of the Trinity, no longer estranged from God. Mary was integrated into the life of the Trinity from the moment of her conception. In Luke’s Gospel we learn the Angel addressed Mary with the words “full of grace” which is a revolutionary statement to a girl who at 15 years of age grew up in a religion governed by law instead of grace. The only way Mary could have been full of grace is if she was integrated into the life of the Trinity from her conception.
Membership in the Communion of Saints is a gift from an all merciful God, given to us through our Baptism, Chrismation (Confirmation), and through Christ present in the Eucharist. By the action of the Holy Spirit through the ordained Priest, we share in the Body, Blood, Soul and divinity of Christ at each Mass that is offered. The Eucharist is not a mere symbol, but in truth is the actual Body and Blood, Soul and divinity of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God and Son of Mary.
Our personal sins, our attachment to the things of the world, our ego and our never ending search for the ‘creature comforts’ blocks the efficaciousness of our prayers (Proverbs 1:24-29). By uniting with Mary’s ministry of intercession, her gifts and graces, her faith and merits our prayer is more efficacious because through the action of the Holy Spirit in the body of believers (Communion of Saints) Jesus is glorified and through Jesus glory given to our Heavenly Father.
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