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The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of Our Lady

That the Blessed Virgin is Theotokos (that is, God-bearer or Mother of God) was prclaimed by the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431. This Council was held in opposition to the Nestorian heresy which denied that the Son of Mary was at his birth the Son of God. In answer to which the Council declared that Mary is rightfully to be called the Mohter of God. By this title is shewn that he who took humanit of her is and always was God eternal. Fifteen hundred years later (that is, in 1931), the anniversary of the Council was celebrated with great solemnity, to the end that in these later days the mystery of the incarnation might be set forth and applied afresh.

Wherein we learn, amongst many other things, that Mary as Mother of God is blessed amontst women, and hence that womanhood is sacred in God's sight; that the Family of Nazareth is the most noble example of the human home; that chaste wedlock is of such high dignity and holiness that God himself could enter the world as man under its protection; and that the rearing of children in a godly household is in itself so holy and excellent a thinkg that the eternal Word could come as a babe to such a home.

It was to set forth these truths in our public worship that this feast, having at first a local observance, was in 1931 extended to the Church Universal.

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