I heard a song today and at some point the lyrics say “I’ve been saved by a woman”... It reminded me of my own story… How many times have I been saved by Mary? How many graces have I received through her intercession? How many times have I felt her love pouring over me? There are too many to count. And I know it is the same for all of us.

Well, I've been saved by a woman
I've been saved by a woman
I've been saved by a woman 
(Ray Lamontagne)

So this May, we will be sending HER some love, paying back a little of our debt towards her.

From May 4th to 31st on Perifmedia, discover the stories of the four most famous icons of the Theotokos: Our Lady of Smolensk, Our Lady of Tender Mercy, Our Lady of the Protection and Our Lady of the sign. We will also pray with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, sending Mary “flowers” of worship, as tokens of our love.

Come back to this page for the daily flower, starting May 4th!

 
Theotokos
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Theotokos is the Greek title of Mary, the mother of Jesus used especially in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches. Its literal English translations include "God-bearer", "Birth-Giver of God" and "the one who gives birth to God." The Council of Ephesus decreed in 431 that Mary is Theotokos because her son Jesus is both God and man: one Divine Person with two natures (Divine and human) intimately, hypostatically united.

Akathist
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The Akathist Hymn (Greek: κάθιστος μνος, "unseated hymn") is a hymn of Eastern Orthodox tradition dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The name derives from the fact that during the chanting of the hymn, or sometimes the whole service, the congregation is expected to remain standing in reverence, without sitting down (-, a-, "without, not" and κάθισις, káthisis, "sitting"), except for the aged or infirm. The akathist par excellence is that written in the 6th century to the Theotokos. In its use as part of the service of the Salutations to the Theotokos (used in the Byzantine tradition during Great Lent), it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, Chairetismoi (Χαιρετισμοί, "Rejoicings") and Madayeh, respectively; in the Slavic tradition it is known as Akafist.
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