The Mother of the Lord and Mother of Our Life


The fall of our forefather did not bring to nought God’s will for the creation of His reasonable creature. For centuries God looked down from heaven to see if there was one person who would ‘do righteousness’ and cooperate with Him as His minister in the great work of the salvation of mankind. He needed someone whose spiritual state corresponded as closely as possible to the divine state, which is the prerequisite for grace to dwell in the heart of man. Such was the state of the Mother of God. Her utter purity and selfless love for God was commensurate with the unfathomable measure of grace that would come to dwell within her. When God perceived the supernatural humility and purity in the godly child Mariam, ‘He bowed the heavens and came down.’


A correct understanding of the virginity of the Mother of God before, during and after giving birth, grants us insight into the mystery of holiness. Her virginity before giving birth is apparent and witnessed to by Holy Scripture. Her virginity during birth is understood through our knowledge of God: whatever God touches He never wounds but only heals, perfects and sanctifies. A birth bringing forth God could only have procured a miracle in which ‘the order of nature is overcome,’ in which the supernatural divine order prevailed. Finally, her remaining virgin after giving birth was a consequence of the supernatural events that preceded. Virginity for the rest of her life was a categorical imperative of her spirit in order to preserve the unique grace she had been given.


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Weight 0.211 kg
Dimensions 20.8 × 14.9 × 1 cm

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou



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Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist


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Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Father Zacharias studied theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Saint Sergius in Paris and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has lived all his monastic life in the monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex where he serves as a spiritual Father and minister of the word of God to his brethren and the people that come to him. Read more…