OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN
“Honor your father and mother, that it may be well with you that your days maybe long upon the good land which the Lord gives you.”
The Lord gave ten commandments to Moses which remain in force for ever especially to us Christians. Here we will consider the fifth commandment, which primarily concerns our own fathers and mothers and our duties, to obey them in our youth, and to honor and help them all of their lives, in a spirit of gratitude and love, for they brought us into the world, nourishing and protecting us from many evils.
We are all brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, and His Father is our Father. We greatly honor our eternal Father and pray to Him, for He is most worthy of our love and devotion. Our heavenly Father is infinitely greater than our earthly fathers. God is our Father and the Theotokos is our Mother. As Christ instructs us, we pray to our heavenly Father: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our essential bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” It is worthy for us to love the Father, for God is love, from whom comes the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are taught in Holy Scripture to love God with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our strength and with all our souls, for He is worthy of our love, and we learned love from Him.
We certainly would not honor anyone who insults our earthly father or mother, and might even become belligerent toward them. How much more ought we to avoid company and association with those who insult our Holy and Heavenly Father and our glorious and sweetest Mother for such association can sever our relation and cause us to become a partner to their error.
The Papacy insults the Virgin by proclaiming that she was sinless by not inheriting the sin of her parents. This is false, for she was not lacking the propatorical sin, and she refers to Christ as her Savior. Also she lived a life of prayer and constant meditation in the temple, struggling in ascetically, cooperating with God for her great role in His eternal plan for our salvation. She never sinned of her own volition, and she became sinless after her struggle, when the Holy Spirit came upon her at the Annunciation, when the Logos descended into her womb.
The Protestants fail to venerate our Mother the Queen, who is more honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim! These poor souls, treat her as a common woman, and do not understand that failing to honor her is a serious sin, and to dishonor her is a great blasphemy against God, who greatly honors her, raising her above all flesh and higher than all angelic powers. For He chose to dwell in her womb, and be born in the flesh from her. Dwelling in her He sanctified her completely. For she became completely holy and filled with every grace of the Holy Spirit. Out of the entire human race, she became God’s choice to bring our Savior into the world, and because God honors our Mother, the Virgin, so we too ought to honor her and love her and pray to her as the first intercessor of our souls.
Just as we would avoid company with those who dishonor our earthly father and mother, so we ought to consider avoiding those who dishonor our heavenly Father and Mother!