Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Saint Maryam the Virgin, the Ark of the Covenant

Maryam is Zion, she is the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of the Most High. "the Logos pitched His tent and dwelt among us..." - John 1.14. This is a traditional and mystical understanding of the Mother of God in the Eastern Church, as the Incarnation was accomplished through Maryam. The Ethiopian Church, in her prayers, confesses that "the Virgin Maryam...is Zion for ever and ever. Amen."

The reading from Hebrew 9, as assigned in the Greek Church for the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, refers to the Ark of the Covenant: 

Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance...

- Hebrews 9.7 NKJV

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