theotokotokos?

We’re doing mission this week out at St Anne’s, Merrylands. And it’s got some of us wondering…

As tradition would have it, Anne was the mother of Mary the mother of Jesus (the BVM, as they call her — Blessed Virgin Mary). And we all know the big debate — settled by some friendly gang warfare between the competing groups of monks at the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. — resolved that it was better to describe the BVM as theotokos, ‘God-bearer’. She was giving birth to God the Son after all!

But does that mean that Anne, her mother, should be referred to as theotokotokos, ‘God-bearer bearer’? It really makes you think … doesn’t it?

3 comments

  1. “It really makes you think … doesn’t it?” Yeah, makes me think you really need to take a break and go see a movie.

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