De Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch


De Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods

15 augustus, vieren we het feest van de Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods. Het is een groot feest, het is het “Pasen van de zomer”.

Over het overlijden en het vervolgens met lichaam en ziel in de hemel worden opgenomen van de Moeder Gods is in het Nieuwe Testament niets te lezen. In de traditie zijn wel verhalen bewaard.

Op de ikoon zijn de twee momenten te zien: het inslapen van de Moeder Gods met de apostelen rond haar sterfbed en de eigenlijke Tenhemelopneming. Bij dit laatste neemt Christus de ziel van zijn Moeder – uitgebeeld als een ingebakerd kindje – mee ten hemel.

De Moeder Gods moet ergens tussen 36 en 50 n.Chr. in Heilige Land. Hierbij zouden alle apostelen aanwezig zijn geweest behalve Thomas. Toen deze arriveerde was Maria’s lichaam al begraven. Om haar toch eer te bewijzen bezocht Thomas in zijn eentje haar graf. Volgens de traditie zou Thomas toen de Tenhemelopneming van Maria hebben gezien. Daarbij zou hij van Maria haar gordel hebben gekregen. De overige apostelen geloofden het niet totdat hij hen de gordel toonde en het lege graf. Een opmerkelijke omkering van de situatie toen Thomas als enige apostel aanvankelijk niet geloofde in de verrezen Christus.

In de orthodoxe landen is de Ontslaping van de Moeder Gods een hoogfeest dat ieder jaar op 15 augustus wordt gevierd.




The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25


The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady,

the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary

March 25



The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.

The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Continue reading “The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos & Ever-Virgin Mary – March 25”

The Life of the Holy Theotokos (God-Bearer): Whom the Grave Could Not Contain



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The Life of the Holy Theotokos:

Whom the Grave Could Not Contain



The Theotokos (God-Bearer) was born of the elderly Joachim and Anna as an answer to their prayers. After being humiliated and run out of the Temple, Joachim stood in prayer and fasting, in the same cave as once did Elijah the Prophet, begging God to give him and his barren wife a child. In their garden, Anna stood in prayer also, fervently asking God to take away her sorrow. An angel appeared to them both telling them of the great mystery that would be given to them, a daughter who would bear the Life of the World.

Joachim and Anna made a promise that they would give the child back to God, and being very pious and devout, they offered Mary up to be raised in the Temple at the age of three. The High Priest Zacharias, the husband of Anna’s niece and father of John the Baptist, welcomed the child Mary with great delight. Seeing that she would be made the new Ark, carrying within her the New Covenant, he was filled with the spirit and exclaimed, “The souls of the condemned rejoice and the patriarchs exult. Our prophets hoped in thee that they might be delivered from the hands of the devil!” Taking her into the Temple he placed her in the Holy of Holies saying, “Enter into the Holy of Holies, for thou art much purer than myself… For thou art the Temple of God, therefore, remain in Continue reading “The Life of the Holy Theotokos (God-Bearer): Whom the Grave Could Not Contain”

Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary


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Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary



The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on March 25 each year. The Feast commemorates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would become incarnate and enter into this world through her womb.

The biblical story of the Feast of the Annunciation is found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke (1:26-39). The Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary, who was living in Nazareth, and said to her, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you.” Mary was perplexed and wondered what kind of greeting this was.

The angel told her not to be afraid, for she had found favor with God. He said, “You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Mary responded to the angel by asking how this could happen since she had no husband. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit and the power of God would come upon her, and that the child to be born of her would be called holy, the “Son of God.”

The angel then proceeded to tell the Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth had conceived a son in her old age (John the Baptist), and affirmed that with God nothing is impossible.

In faith and obedience to the will of God, Mary replied to the angel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be according to your word.” Upon her response, the angel departed.

It is on the Feast of the Annunciation, that Orthodox Christians commemorate both the divine initiative of God, whereby He took on flesh from the Virgin for our salvation, and the human response, whereby Mary freely accepted the vocation offered to her. He elected to become man, and He desired to do this with the willing agreement of her whom He chose as His mother. Mary could have refused, for she was not a passive instrument, but an active participant with a free and positive part to play in God’s plan for our salvation. Thus, when on this and other feasts the Orthodox Church honors the Theotokos, the Mother of God, it is not just because God chose her but also because she herself chose to follow His will.


Chúa Kitô là Chúa: “Em-ma-nu-ên; nghĩa là: Ðức Chúa Trời ở cùng chúng ta” (Ma-thi-ô 1:23) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Vietnamese


Chúa Kitô là Chúa:

“Em-ma-nu-ên; nghĩa là: Ðức Chúa Trời ở cùng chúng ta”

(Ma-thi-ô 1:23)

“Nầy, một gái đồng trinh sẽ chịu thai, và sanh một con trai, Rồi người ta sẽ đặt tên con trai đó là Em-ma-nu-ên; nghĩa là: Ðức Chúa Trời ở cùng chúng ta”.

—Ma-thi-ô 1:23

Die Einführung der Gottesgebärerin in den Tempel – 21. November ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German





Die Einführung der Gottesgebärerin in den Tempel

21. November

Furchtbar und unverständlich – die Geisteskraft des Menschen kann es nicht fassen – ist die Tatsache, dass du, indem du das Wort Gottes hörst und dich danach richtest, selig wirst. Das ist die “bessere Wahl” (Lk 10,42), und das ist, was jeder Mensch auf dieser Welt tun sollte. Doch wahrscheinlich widmet man sich und gibt zu etwas anderem sein Selbst. Der Mensch sollte sich zu Christus wenden, sein Wort hören, seine Gebote erfahren und sie einhalten. Wenn der Herr sagt: “Maria hat die bessere Wahl getroffen“, wie wir im Evangelium gehört haben, dann heisst es, dass sie die Wahl auch unter anderen Dingen gehabt hätte.

Nicht nur kann der Mensch etwas anderes als die bessere Wahl treffen – was der Herr als das “eine, das notwendig ist” bezeichnet -, sondern der Mensch scheint so geschaffen zu sein, um ein Wort zu hören. Und wenn er nicht das Wort Gottes hört, dann wird er auf jeden Fall das Wort eines anderen hören. Auch der Widersacher hat ein Wort; er hat auch seine Vorschläge. Und der Mensch hört auf sie.


Aus den geistlichen Unterweisungen des Gerontas Symeon,

Kloster der Heiligen Dreiheit, Panorama-Thessaloniki




生神女マリヤ福音祭 The Annunciation of Virgin Mary ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese



The Annunciation of Virgin Mary


人々が救いを受け入れ、主に従って行く用意ができる、その時を神様はまた前もってご存知でした。神様はまた、救い主の母となれる大変清らかで、神様に 従順な女の子が現れる時を前もってご存知でした。

聖なる乙女マリヤは、そうした清らかで神様に仕えるのに 充分 な人でした。


マリヤが12才になり、これ以上宮にいられなくなった時も -律法でそのように決められていました- マリヤは、このまま神様にお仕えしたかったのです。でもマリヤに一体何ができたでしょうか? マリヤは、自分自身が、生涯を神様に差し出し、神様に仕えるために、生涯清らかでいることを望みました。だが、その Continue reading “生神女マリヤ福音祭 The Annunciation of Virgin Mary ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese”