15 Days for Panagia {day 7} CD GIVEAWAY!!

In honor of the Dormition feast which is rapidly approaching, I am giving away an incredible 2-disc lecture on The Life of the Theotokos by Fr. George Passias.

It is one of the most amazing sermons on . The first disc covers her life from Conception to her Betrothal and the second disc is from the Ascension of Christ to her Dormition.

Just leave a comment on this post telling me one of your favorite things about the Theotokos, it could be an icon, a memory, a miracles, anything. I just like hearing your stories. :) Then I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winner on Monday, August 10!

Here are a few links to some other great resources on The Theotokos!

Evlogia-I *love* this lesson plan for the Dormition Feast! It’s full of great ideas and projects.

Homily on The Mother of God by Fr. Demetrios Carellas. (another excellent sermon) Thanks Maria for this recommendation!

Coloring Sheets from Potamitis Publishing for your children. The kids love these!!

Comments

  1. Oh, this is so exciting! I hope I win! Being newly illumined, I still have much to learn about the Theotokos.

  2. I love how Deborah before me says "being newly illumined" I would guess that I am in the same boat as her. I found the story you shared about Mary, Joseph and Jesus traveling to Egypt the other day to be incredibly interesting, coming from a Protestant background, I have never heard any part of that.

  3. My favorite thing about the Theotokos… when we were trying to become pregnant, my spiritual father prayed over me before her icon. Then a few months later I prayed to her, promising to name my child after her, and I was pregnant the next month. And so my daughter's middle name is Panayiota and we're so very thankful to The Theotokos for answering our prayers.

  4. I'm still a rather new catechumen coming from an evangelical protestant background, so I've never even heard the stories you've been posting on the Theotokos and I'd love to learn more. Thank you so much for doing so.My favorite memory is a momentary vision I had while praying in a deep despair; the Theotokos seemed to be covering me with her cloak, as though to say she would protect me and any children I might have.

  5. Yet another newly illumined comment!My favorite thing is how highly honored she is in Orthodoxy! Even during my "wandering" phase after I left my Roman Catholic upbringing behind as quickly as possible, I still felt that she deserved our honor. If God and Jesus were real, then Mary was real too.Janelle, the geekywife

  6. Wow! There are many of us new converts and catechumens reading this. I too have found the stories about her life to be so interesting. Like Laura, I was raised in a Protestant home, and have NEVER heard these things about the Theotokos before. So Interesting!

  7. I, too, am a convert from a Protestant background. I sometimes wish I had been immersed in Orthodoxy all my life, so I would understand its rituals and traditions more, but I have the opportunity to do that for my son.

  8. New catechumen here, as well!Thank you for this giveaway!My favorite thing about the Theotokos is that I believe she led me to Orthodoxy. My husband is (was) an Episcopal seminarian but has long desired to become Orthodox. The Theotokos opened my heart to Orthodoxy.

  9. Thanks for the links!

  10. Oooh, I'm hoping I'm not too late.My favorite Feast of the Theotokos is the Presentation, I love that she brought Christ to the Temple and St. Simeon's beautiful words.

  11. I love the Theotokos for the model she presents of gentleness. Life has made me rough around the edges in many ways, so I especially pray to her that she will teach me to have a meek and quiet spirit. To speak to my husband and children gently. To love everyone I encounter with open, joyful, Christ-like love. Whenever I feel despair, frustration or anger bubble up inside me, if I only think of the Mother of God, I am quieted. That is my favorite thing about her. That she gently shows me how to be a woman.

  12. Ooops! The last comment was from me. Gotta leave you my contact info in case I win! :)

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