Why the Orthodox Honor Mary
As we begin the Dormition Fast, here is an excellent reflection on why the Orthodox Christians honor Mary.
Beneath Her Compassion
From the blog of Fr Stephen Freeman, Glory to God for All Things
Among the greater mysteries of the New Testament are those surrounding the Mother of God. A large segment of modern Christianity has become tone deaf in this regard, a result of centuries of antagonism towards certain aspects of older tradition. It is a deafness that grieves my heart, primarily in that it represents a great gulf within the broader experience of the faith. A few years after my reception into the Orthodox Church, a friend from my Anglican past asked me if I ever thought of returning. He had no idea of how foreign the thought was to me. But within my mind, the first thought was the absence of Mary. I think I said something to the effect that I could never consider leaving "my mother."