The Tradition of the Adoration of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church

David Muskhelishvili (Editor)
Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Academician. Member of Georgian Academy of Sciences

Series: Georgian Classics
BISAC: REL049000



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The collection is intended for readers interested in scientific and religious issues, generally for all humanitarians—philologists, historians, philosophers, theologians, sociologists, etc.—who are interested in the role and traditions of the Church.

The title of the proposed publication, “The Tradition of the Adoration of the Theotokos in the Orthodox Church”, implies the phenomenon of the Virgin Mary as one of the basic values of mankind. Theotokos teaches us not only to love and to live in peace, but She Herself is a perfect example of these virtues. Tradition of Theotokos’ Adoration in the history of mankind is the manifestation of love, compassion and tolerance in different periods of time and in different countries. Apart from the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant scholars, scientists from Israel had also expressed their desire to participate in the symposium, which had three sessions: theology, history and culture.

Over the centuries, Georgia, which had been surrounded by a huge number of enemies, has survived and Georgia’s survival is greater than the earthly logic. This can only be explained by the miracle of God.

The phenomenon of the Virgin Mary has the greatest place in Georgia. It is the foundation of our national identity.
The Georgian nation has always showed respectful adoration to his Patron. Adoration to the Mother of God has been not only gratitude for the grace received from the Heavenly Queen, but also the height and strength of virtues.

Unfortunately, in the last centuries, blasphemous power led to the destruction of the tradition of adoration of God and Theotokos.

This publication will help a reader to realize that being under the protection of the Mother of God is a great responsibility: a nation that does not know its own responsibility toward God and Theotokos won’t move forward and won’t be developed on the path of peace and integrity. It will be of a great importance to explain to a reader what the love to God, and therefore to human, means.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. The Most Holy Theotokos and Spiritual Values
(Metropolitan Daniel [Datuashvili], Chiatura and Sackhere, Georgia)

Chapter 2. The Virgin Mary in the “Baptismal Symbols” of the Pre-Nicene Church
(Cătălina Mititelu, PhD, Department of Theology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Constanta, Romania)

Chapter 3. Belief and Being: Orthodox and Lutheran Understandings of the Theotokos
(Robert Scudieri, D. Min, MDiv, President of Mission Nation Publishing, Naples, Florida, US)

Chapter 4. On the Allotment of Georgia to the Mother of God
(Edisher Chelidze, Head of the Department of Patristics and Dogmatism, Theological Seminary of Tbilisi, Georgia, and others)

Chapter 5. The Modulation of the Term Theotokos from the Fathers of the 2nd Century to Cyril of Alexandria
(Eirini Artemi, PhD, Department of Postgraduate Theology, Hellenic Open University, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 6. The Mariology of the Pre-Nicene Church: The Testimonies of Some Fathers and Theologians in the Greek and Latin Languages
(Nicolae V. Dură, PhD, Department of Theology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Constanta, Romania)

Chapter 7. Regarding the Veneration of the Holy Mother of God in Senaki Monasteries: Teklati Convent and the Monastery of the Island of the Archangels
(Metropolitan Shio [Mujiri] of Senaki, Chkhorotsku and Australia, Georgia)

Chapter 8. The Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Atskuri, Not Created by Human Hands
(Asmat Okropiridze, Department of Ancient and Medieval Art, G. Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Chapter 9. The Cincture of the Theotokos and Georgia
(Nana Khazaradze, Professor, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, Georgia, and others)

Chapter 10. The Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icons of the Theotokos & Br. Joseph Munoz-Cortes
(V. Rev. Victor S. Potapov, Rector, St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, DC, US)

Chapter 11. Theotokos Adoration in Byzantine Jerusalem: The Archaeological Record
(Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, PhD., Archaeological Research Department, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Chapter 12. The Veneration of the Theotokos in Byzantium
(Rev. Igor A. Ivanov, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Chapter 13. “The Mother of the Sun of Truth” and Saint Nino
(Giorgi Alibegashvili, Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences, Saint Andrew the First-Called Georgian University of the Patriarchate of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Chapter 14. The Dormition of the Theotokos in Hymnographic Manuscripts on Mount Sinai
(Eka Dughashvili, K. Kekelidze National Centre of Manuscripts, St. Andrew the First called University of The Patriarchate of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Chapter 15. The Holy Theotokos and the Piety of Saint Anthim the Iberian
(Mircea Adrian Stanciu [Archimandrite Mihail], PhD, Department of Church History, Christian Literature, Archaeology and Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Chapter 16. Ieria Falling to the Lot of the Mother of God (A Historical and Source Study Analysis)
(Eldar Bubulashvili, Professor, Theological Academy of Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia, and others)

Chapter 17. Chants for the Theotokos in the Belorussian Orthodox Musical Tradition
(Larissa Gustova-Runtso, DSc, Department of Art, Belarussian State University of Culture and Arts, Minsk, Belarus)

Chapter 18. Veneration of the Virgin Mary in the Early Jerusalem Liturgy: The Evidence of the Georgian Jerusalem Chantbook
(Stephen J. Shoemaker, Deptartment of Religious Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US)

Chapter 19. The Tradition of Representation of the Mother of God in Medieval Georgian Art
(Mariam Didebulidze, PhD, Art Historian, G. Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art, History and Heritage Preservation, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Chapter 20. The Interpretation of the Most Holy Virgin’s Image in Georgian Hymnography and in David Guramishvili’s Poetry – “The Lamentation of the Virgin”
(Nestan Sulava, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia)

Chapter 21. The Devotion to the Mother of God of the Romanian People Expressed in the Romanian Folk Verse
(Maxim Marian Vlad, PhD, Faculty of Theology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Constanta, Romania)

Chapter 22. The Ancient Icons of the Most Holy Mother of God and Tradition of the Assumption in Rome
(Tinatin Gamtsemlidze, Art Expert, Tbilisi, Georgia)


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