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St. Mary’s Virginity

ST. MARY’S VIRGINITY Aaron’s rod, in fact, is Mary. It is a type of her virginity. She conceived and bore the Son of the Most High, the Word, without human seed. Theotokia[1] of Sunday. Biblical Reality The virginity of St. Mary is not a matter of her own private life, but rather a ‘biblical reality’, …

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Theotokia

THEOTOKIA Part of the Psalmodia service. According to Abu al-Barakat ibn Kabar, in his encyclopedia The Lamp of Darkness for the Explanation of the Service, the compiler of the Theotokia was a virtuous potter who became a monk in Scetis. He adds that some people consider St. Athanasius to be the author of the Theotokia. …

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Council Of Nicaea

COUNCIL OF NICAEA Nicaea was where the First Ecumenical Council was held in 325 a.d. The council assembled at the order of Emperor Constantine to discuss several dogmatic points, including the Arian heresy. The emperor allowed the bishops to use the imperial post to travel to the city of Nicaea. The council also discussed several …

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Semi-Arians

SEMI-ARIANS Semi-Arian is the name given to those who believed that Christ has a “like substance” of God (homeosius) but not the same substance (homoousius). The key figure of this group is Basil of Ancyra (356 a.d.). St. Athanasius, after his return from exile, was able to convince them that Christ is “like” substance, meaning …

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