Devotion to the Virgin Mary is "taken for granted" in Eastern Orthodoxy. It permeates the entire life of the Church and historically required no academic development as in the Western Church. In the Orthodox view, devotion to Mary is considered an important element of Christian spirituality, and indifference to her by other Christian denominations is troubling to the Orthodox. The Theotokos i.
The Eastern Orthodox Church considers Mary to have been elevated by God to the highest status, above all other creatures, though still only a human being. The Orthodox hymn Axion Estin speaks of Mary as being "More honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim. Mary is mentioned numerous times in all of the Divine Services and the Divine Liturgy. The final petition of each ektenia litany ends with an invocation of the Virgin Mary.
When a series of troparia are chanted, the final one is often a Theotokion hymn to the Virgin Mary. There are numerous Marian litanies in the Eastern church and may cover a multitude of themes, some dogmatic, others of moral and patriotic character. Devotions to icons of the Theotokos often considered miraculous are common in Eastern Orthodoxy. Many such icons are considered the protector of a region, e. A number of local and often ancient Orthodox Marian devotions also exist around the world, e.
One of the most important Marian devotions is the Akathist to the Theotokos, which is chanted every year during Great Lent , and is frequently chanted throughout the year as a private devotion. Some people chant the Akathist as part of their preparation for Holy Communion.
Marian devotions are prominent within the Roman Catholic tradition. In Rosarium Virginis Mariae , Pope John Paul II emphasized the importance of Marian devotions: "Since Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary". At the popular level, for centuries books such as True Devotion to Mary have built a ground swell of Marian devotions among Catholics, to the point that tens of millions of pilgrims visit Marian shrines every year.
Marian devotions can take a unifying national dimension, e. Marian devotions are also associated with a number of beliefs among Catholics which have not been dogmatically approved by the Church, but have been asserted by saints and theologians. An example is the belief that devotion to Mary is a sign of predestination.
Marian devotions among Roman Catholics are varied and have diverse cultural dimensions. While there are many well-known devotions, there are many small, local and regional devotions. At the top level Catholic Marian devotions may be categorized into the following non-exclusive groups, based on the characteristics of the devotion:.
Practically all Marian devotions and pious exercises are in some way related to the liturgical feasts of the General Calendar of the Roman Rite or of the particular calendars of dioceses and religious congregations. This practice derives from Carolingian times ninth century. The Angelus is a traditional prayer used to commemorate the Annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary. It is used three times daily: at dawn, mid-day and at dusk. During Eastertide, the Angelus is replaced with the Regina Coeli an antiphon, dating from the tenth or eleventh century.
The Litany of Loreto is the most well-known Marian litany. Christians have often conducted processions honoring Mary.
These processions have been largely restricted to Catholic and Orthodox cultures since the 16th century. In Los Angeles, California , a Marian procession took place annually for about the first years following the founding of the city in The Queen of Angels Foundation , founded by Mark Anchor Albert , revived this annual procession in September in Downtown Los Angeles ,  to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the city. There is also an interplay between these types of devotion, e.
Regional devotions continue to generate local support such as festivals and celebrations. The festival of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga in the Philippines has been celebrated for centuries, and its icon continues to be venerated. Many other forms of devotional expression take place. For example, there has also been the long established practice of dedicating side altars in Catholic churches, often called Lady Chapels , to Mary. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: Anglican Marian theology. See also: Luther's Marian theology. This section is empty.
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Do you stick to reading the Bible like me or do you follow some sort of guide? Tell us all about your routine in the comments below. I love this and can relate so much. Your tips are very helpful!
This is beautiful and I thank you for the reminder. With a 3 year old and 10 month old, I have been slacking in my devotionals. These are great tips to get back into that routine. This has been the biggest struggle since having a daughter and also returning to work full time. I used to read and pray at night but now I fall asleep before either usually happen. This sounds like my life! Especially the squeezing in the moments as often as possible.
I try to keep my devotional on hand or if anything a bookmark in my Bible for quick reference reading.