Book: Mary, the Untrodden Portal of God
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By George S. Gabriel
Table of contents:
Ezekiel's prophecy and the East Portal
I. THE MYSTERY OF MARY
The mystery hidden from the ages
A succession of chosen and hallowed generations
Mary's free choice or predestination?
II. MOTHERHOOD TO GOD
The seedless and virginal conception
The second angelic annunciation: "Thy Son is risen."
Ever-virginity and motherhood to God are one.
Joseph "knew her not till she brought forth..."
Jesus, Mary's "firstborn son"
The "brethren" of Jesus
"This portal shall be shut, and no one shall enter by it."
IV. "IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF CHILDBIRTH"
"The firstborn male that opens the womb..."
V. THE FINAL MYSTERY
The third angelic annunciation
"Your tomb heralds your translation to Heaven in the body."
VI. THE PAPAL CHASM
The Immaculate Conception
VII. TWO SALVATIONS
Two views of divine justice
The wages of sin
Two different salvations, two different Virgins
VIII. THE INCARNATION: CAUSE OF ALL THINGS MADE, AND CAUSED BY NONE
"Rejoice, O fulfillment of the Creator's economy.
IX. "NOT BY WORDS ALONE"
Abraham's tent prefigured the Virgin's womb.
"He Who was not come as yet was present."
The Father never appears to men.
If He was seen by the Prophets, Mary was His mother.
Mystical models of the future
X. MARY, THE TOUCHSTONE OF TRINITARIAN FAITH
Orthodoxy in collision with forbidden images
"The Lord is depicted at times as white haired and at times as young."
"O Christ, we know no other God but Thee."
The doctrine of prototypes
Mary, the guardian of the dogma of the Holy Trinity
Mary's Son is the Father's only Image.
XI. MARY THE MEDIATRESS
One mediation of the Mediator and the Mediatress
Power to do all that she wills
Mother and symbol of the Church
PLATES AND DESCRIPTIONS
1. Predestination in Western Theology
2. The 1666 Council of Moscow on Icons of the Holy Trinity
Homily on the Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers by St. Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
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