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The Holiness of the Theotokos

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“If the nine orders of angels desired to descend from the heav­ens, and become demons; If all men would become evil; If all cre­ations, heav­en, lights, priests, ani­mals desired to apos­ta­size from God; All these evils of cre­ation weighed against the ful­ness of the Holi­ness of the Theotokos could not sad­den God. For only the Lady Theotokos was able to please Him in all things. She alone stands between God and men, who made God the son of men, and men sons of God. With­out her inter­ces­sions no one, nei­ther angels, nor men could entreat God, for she alone is found on the bor­der between the uncre­at­ed and nat­ur­al cre­ation. She alone is God imme­di­ate­ly after God and has sec­ond place to the Holy Trin­i­ty, as being tru­ly the moth­er of God in essence. And she alone is not only the pro­tec­tor of the trea­sury of all the rich­es of the God­head, but she is the dis­trib­u­tor to all angels and men, all those gifts from God to the super­nat­ur­al cre­ation, illu­mi­na­tion and divine and spir­i­tu­al gifts. And there is no one who can­not call upon her with faith and not be heard with com­pas­sion. This Son of God and beloved son of the Vir­gin gave us His moth­er (and thus our moth­er) as such an advo­cate, to help us towards our sal­va­tion.” ‑St. Nikodemos of the Holy Moun­tain #The­O­rtho­doxWay #Ortho­dox­Chris­t­ian #East­er­nOrtho­dox #Chris­t­ian #TheChurch #Christ #Lord #Mer­cy #Love #Light #Faith #Prayer #Philo­ti­mo #The­Cross #World #Sal­va­tion #Theotokos #Pana­gia

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