I am practically in tears over how little people actually know about Christianity.

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The Annunciation where the angel Gabriel tells Mary she will be the mother of God (IF she wants to!).

I was speaking with someone on Face Book. She said something that completely stopped me in my tracks. She said she was uncomfortable with Mary because she was forced to become pregnant and give birth to Jesus! Hang on while I get up from the floor.

I think that the need by some people to turn a profit at church has left Christianity woefully lacking in gatekeepers.

Mary was never forced into her pregnancy. She always had a choice and she chose ‘Yes!’. Luke 1:38 of the KJ bible.

No wonder there are so many lost souls out there. Before we can share the gospel with them we have to unravel the string of lies they have been told.

Seriously. I just-can’t-even… I bet a feminist told her that Mary would have had an abortion if she could have. Believe folks…. Abortions were a ‘thing’ even back then.

Mary was obedient to the word of God. Obedience does not mean mindless or lacking in a will of our own. Obedience is a choice. We make obedience choices everyday. What? How? When we obey our local laws. When we stand in the 15 items or less line and fewer than 15 items. When we recycle or drive the speed limit. That does not mean we are mindless sheep. In fact, we are usually better off when we ARE obedient.

When I was a protestant, there were many misunderstandings passed along as fact about Mary and Joseph, their relationship, the birth of Christ and yes, even His conception. One of the saddest realities of Christianity to face, and the toughest, is the lack of continuity. So much so within Protestantism that there of hundreds of thousands of different denominations because people cannot agree on the word of God! For Protestants I do connect it to their take on sola scripture, the bible alone. Well it’s not ‘the bible alone’ it’s the blind leading the blind much of the time.

At least in Orthodoxy we have the wisdom of the ancient fathers to help us understand such a tough book. If you are having a tough time understanding scripture I highly recommend getting your hands on commentaries by the ancient fathers to help guide you.

Online Orthodox book stores include but are not limited to:

Holy Cross Monastery in WV

Ancient Faith book store

SVOTS press and book store

Buy some books. Learn things. Dig deep and grow some roots.

Two videos for you

I think you will like these. the first video is of the temple of Solomon. This is the temple where, Zachariah, Elizabeth’s husband, served. It is also the temple where, Mary lived growing up. The place where she was fed by angels. The place where she was working wool to make the temple veil (that later would be torn in half by, Jesus while He was on the cross), when she was greeted by the angel Gabriel.

CORRECTION: I’m not sure what’s going on on the video. First he says she went into Solomon’s temple then says no, it was rebuilt several times and the actual temple was one built by Herod? Either way, Zachariah was the priest serving, Solomon’s temple is amazing and worth taking the time to view in the video. Sorry for any confusion!


The second video is a talk on Mary, the Animated Ark. The vessel of Christ.

Feel free to leave a comment on your thoughts.

Nativity Fasting Calendar

Thank you Lord for all of the fish days! Here is a LINK to the fasting days for November and December 2020. Basically it’s just the Nativity Fast that is left. Remember, we do not just fast from food but from words and deeds as well. We are trying to prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior. Fast from watching t.v. or movies or playing video games that are violent or ‘racy’. Adjust reading material as needed. Maybe kick the dog less (joking DON’T EVER KICK YOUR DOG!). Basically everything becomes G rated. Maybe go a bit further and dote on family more. Shop less. No use getting into debt over the holidays.

If you are using the Advent study from orthodoxmom, today is the first study day.

Q. Did you know that Mary lived in the temple from the age of three until she turned 15 and that she was fed by angels everyday?

Feel free to leave an answer in comments. If you never heard this before, what are your thoughts?

Mary and the Saints – for Protestants – A Sign of Hope

Quotes about The Theotokos Pt.1

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I am reading a book about the Virgin Mary; The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis.

Are you aware of the crisis mainly America is facing but also anywhere in the world where feminism has sunken its poisoned fangs into the culture? The following is an excerpt from the book, The Marian Option- copied from the description found on the Amazon seller’s page.

“How can we save civilization?” It’s becoming a common question. As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options have been presented to overcome Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but the The Marian Option is one that is already in motion…and has been for centuries.

Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched account of the significant cultural and military events where Mary interceded on behalf us, her children.

With a detective’s eye, Gress uncovers the fascinating details of Mary’s role in major geopolitical shifts, showing how instrumental Our Mother was in:

  • Freeing Spain from Islamic occupation
  • Igniting the largest mass conversion to Catholicism in history
  • Leading an unassuming priest to bring down the world’s most powerful empire without firing a shot
  • Stomping out heresies and false teachings from the Church
Beyond the battlefield, The Marian Option also highlights the link between Marian devotion and culture, showing how the arts flourish when devotion to her is strong.

If we want to protect our children and our faith—if we want to restore civilization to Christ—Mary is the key. Not only is she keenly interested in assisting Christians, she has the ability to do so, even in the face of the gravest odds. We just have to ask.

The Marian Option will leave you with a new perspective on the Blessed Mother, a renewed hope in the future of the Church and the world.


Here is the Amazon info on this book;A right understanding of Mary, the Mother of God is essential for a right understanding of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. When her image is distorted, the image of her Son also becomes distorted.

This concise little book is a classic exposition of how the Orthodox Christian Church has venerated the Mother of God throughout the ages, and on the chief errors that have sought to change or undermine this veneration: both ancient heresies and the later deviations of Western Christendom. It clearly tells why the Virgin Mary should truly be called the Mother of God and should be honored by all generations, and why at the same time She cannot be said to have been unable to sin, or considered a Co-Redemptress along with Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world.

Written by a miracle-worker of modern times who was in close spiritual contact with the Mother of God – St. John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966) – this work was translated by an American convert to the Orthodox Faith who was a beloved disciple of St. John: Hieromonk Seraphim Rose of Platina (1934-1982).


The first time I stepped foot into an orthodox Church (which also is the one I now attend) I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the ‘Mary stuff’. Have been in the church a few years now, I want more information on Mary, or as we Orthodox call her, The Theotokos which means, ‘God-bearer’.

We Orthodox do not have a specific prayer to The Theotokos. We say on our prayer ropes. We say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me the sinner.’

Here is an article about it from the OCA website:

The Roman Catholic devotion of praying the Rosary is not a part of the Orthodox Christian Tradition, as this devotion in its present form dates from about the 15th century—hundreds of years after Roman Catholicism separated herself from the Orthodox Church.

In Orthodoxy there is, however, the practice of praying the Jesus Prayer—“O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner”—on a set of prayer beads, generally 100 in number. This tradition is especially upheld by Orthodox monks and nuns, although a growing number of laypersons also make use of such beads. This usage, however, is completely unrelated in origin, form, and content to Roman Catholicism’s Rosary.

I might add that the original version of the prayer which forms the basis of the Rosary—the “Hail Mary”—finds a prominent place in Orthodox Christian liturgical worship and private prayer. The prayer reads as follows:

quot; Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls.” end

Here is a LINK to the website for Orthodox Mom who has posted a prayer to Mary for every day of the week.

This prayer is a standard prayer int he Orthodox Church and can easily be incorporated into one’s use of the prayer rope and Jesus prayer.

It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos we magnify you!

No matter what prayer you say, remember to pray to The Theotokos; the Queen who sits at the right hand of Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God the Father.