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Praise the Theotokos – a selection of readings

August 14th, 2009 by Fr. Vasile

Dormition HomiliesOn the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies From St. Vladimir Press a collection of early homilies on the Dormition of the Theotokos. Most of these works have never been translated into English before and some are not available in any modern language. They offer Christian readers of all Churches an unparalleled new glimpse of Marys central importance in Christian faith and spirituality: as the one in whom Gods Word has become human and in whom the community of Jesus disciples sees the first full realization of its own share in the risen life of Christ.

Mary through the centuries

Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture A more ecumenical portrayal of the Holy Virgin from Jaroslav Pelikan. A sequel to Jesus through the centuries this scholarly study of Christs mother Mary by Jaroslav Pelikan a Yale historian of Christian theology is thoroughly grounded in formal theology yet still explores the many manifestations of Marian devotion that have emerged in the wider culture. These manifestations include images from art music and literature from Marys Immaculate Conception to her bodily Assumption into Heaven. Pelikan minutely researches the universal appeal of Mary in the Old Testament New Testament and even the Koran finding clues to her identity everywhere from the Bride in the Song of Solomon to the Mexican image of The Virgin of Guadeloupe.

dormition2The Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Marys Dormition and Assumption (Oxford Early Christian Studies) The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions are a collection of over 60 different narratives preserved in 9 ancient languages that commemorate the end of the Virgin Marys life. This study aims to make this collection more accessible by analyzing the liturgical archaeological and narrative sources of the earliest traditions of Marys death. Several of the most important narratives appear here in English for the first time.

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