The Life of the Virgin by John Geometres

Updated: Aug 14

The third meditation in a series of videos leading up to the Dormition of the Mother of God (August 15) features text from the Life of the Virgin Mary, written by the tenth century poet and theologian, John Geometres. A new translation of this work, alongside a new critical edition of the Greek text, is currently at press (to appear in early Spring 2023). It is the work of Christos Simelides, a member of the Board of the Pappas Patristic Institute, and our own Director, Fr Maximos Constas.


Here, Geometres focuses on the special role of the Mother of God in the celestial work of Christ, beginning with her son's unique descent to retrieve his virgin mother from this world and enthrone her in his heavenly kingdom as our universal intercessor and mother.



Watch all meditations on the feast:


Meditation 1: The Apolytikion of the Feast


Meditation 2: St John of Damascus on the Dormition


Meditation 3: The Coming of Christ to Retrieve his Mother


Meditation 4: The Kontakion of the Feast


Meditation 5: The Dormition and the Zodiac


Meditation 6: St Andrew of Crete on the Dormition


Meditation 7: The Megalynarion of the Feast



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