O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Day of the Theotokos

On July 2nd we celebrate the Desposition of the Robe of the Theotokos at Blachernae. The Latins on this day celebrate the Visitation of the Theotokos to her kinswoman Elisabeth. Truly July 2nd is a day the Theotokos has reserved to herself!

Thou, O All-Pure one, art the model of virgins, undefiled by any sin! Thou didst protect thy life undefiled and reserved thyself for the Divine Master, to be in the deepest intimacies with Divine Love, the Holy Ghost thy Spouse, and so for this reason all generations bless thee! Make now the sinner who did not heed this same call of purity for intimacy with Divine Love to be made pure and whole again and have her gate shut, O Closed Gate, that she may fulfill her purpose of living in Thy Son's Divine Love for which she was created!