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Rev. Fr. Giju George
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
The month of August is important for us as we celebrate the feast of Assumption of St Mary (Shunoyo). The Orthodox Church focuses on the life of St. Mary in the month of August.
Saint Mary is regarded as the highest saint in the Orthodox Church. She is higher than all the heavenly saints and any man or woman saint who ever lived. She is called the Theotokos, which is a Greek word meaning “Mother of God.” Saint Mary is the Mother of God.
Feast of Assumption of St Mary (Shunoyo) – August 15- It is our belief On this day, August 15, was the assumption of the body Saint Mary, the Mother of God. August 15 also marks the end of the fast of Saint Mary (August 1 to 15), and is a big feast day. Two other people in the Bible were also assumed. These are Enoch and Elijah. Regarding Enoch, we read “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). Regarding Elijah, we read, “And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11).
St Mary mother of God (Theotokos) is remembered and we intercede to her because she is mother of God and how she submitted herself to the creator God to do His will. St Mary’s life teaches us our life is a gift of God which we must dedicate for the glorification of God. For this we need to sacrifice our Ego, pride, selfish nature etc. Through this attitude only we can put one step towards the sanctification of ours. The great sacrifice of St Mary bring joy to the human kind through the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. This is why St Mary has a unique place in the church. She is respected above all other sanits because her role in the redemption of the mankind is unique. We have to walk on the way which Mother St Mary showed to us. The fifteen day lent period is a time to examine ourselves and rectify wherever needed to be an obedient servant of our Lord. Let our life and deed bring more joy to the people.
May the intercession of Mother Mary be a stronghold to us.
God bless us all.
Yours in Christ
Fr Giju George