15 August 2005
Patristic Quote for the Day
Today is the Dormition of the Mother of God. From a homily by St. John of Damascus:
How could one taste death from whom the true Life flowed out to all? Yet she did fall under the law inflicted by Him whom she bore, and as a daughter of the old Adam she suffered the sentence of death, even as her Son who is Life itself. But now as Mother of the living God, she is fittingly taken up to heaven by Him. For how could death feed on this truly blessed one who had eagerly listened to the word of God? who at the Archangel's salutation, filled with the Holy Spirit, conceived the Son of God? who without pain gave birth to Him? whose whole being was ever consecrated to her Creator? Could hell receive such a one? Could corruption destroy a body in which Life had been brought forth? For her, beloved brethren, a way is prepared to heaven - a way that is straight and fair and easy. For if Christ, the way and truth, has said: Where I am there My servant shall be, does it not follow that His Mother is surely with Him?