Monday, December 9, 2013
The Feast of Pure Love
Feast of the Maternity of St. Anne
(While this feast is traditionally celebrated on December 8th in the Latin Church, it is traditionally celebrated on December 9th in the Byzantine Churches.)
Today we feast the holy patrons of marriage, that most holy marriage and most pure union that produced the Theotokos. How pure must they be and how supreme as role models must they be if they produced and raised the Most Pure Theotokos, whose All-Pure Conception we hymn today? Why O Cosmos do you seek the flesh on it's own in your foolishness and ignorance? Seek first the soul and the exchange of Divine Love within and the flesh will be taken up into that exchange of Divine Love for the procreation of children. Seek not first the flesh with its pleasures and its emotions for therein is found only delusion. Christ God created the flesh to serve Him and outside of His Divine Love one's view of the flesh is distorted and He comes in short order with great mercy for He is the lover of mankind.