By St. John Maximovitch
Translated by Fr. Seraphim Rose
“For He hath looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
A right understanding of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is not possible without a right understanding of Mary, the Birthgiver of God. When her image is distorted, the image of her Son also becomes distorted.
This concise work is a classic exposition of how the Church has venerated the Mother of God throughout the ages, and the chief errors that have attacked this veneration: both ancient heresies and the modern deviations of Western heterodoxy. It clearly tells why the Virgin Mary should be honored by all generations, but not considered a co-redemptress along with Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world.
This book is of special value in that it was written by a saint and miracle-worker of modern times who had direct spiritual contact with the Mother of God. The sources of St. John’s theology are the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Fathers (especially the great Fathers of the 4th and 5th centuries), and the divine services of the Orthodox Church.
From apostolic times, all who truly love Christ give veneration to her who gave birth to Him, raised Him and protected Him in the days of His youth. In THE ORTHODOX VENERATION OF MARY THE BIRTHGIVER OF GOD, St. John traces her veneration from the time of the Apostles to the present.
88 pages, illustrated, full-color cover, paperback.