Ukraine's Perpetual Mother
Fr. Michael Smolinski, CSsR


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Marian Devotion in Byzantine Christianity

Mary is totally integrated into and integral to the Church's worship of God in the East. She receives great honour in the East, and this honour is always coupled with and centered on Christ, her Son. The Christians of the Catholic and Orthodox Eastern Churches love the Mother of God, and this love always draws them to loving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Protection of the Mother of God

Mary is the source of solace and hope for the persecuted and marginalized. What remains and endured from history is the image of a loving mother, a powerful protector of her children, chasing away all that would harm them or comforting them under a warm blanket to calm their fears. The Mother of God prays and weeps not just a thousand years ago, but a every time and in every place where she is needed.

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