Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Baptism of the Theotokos

Question and Answer with Fr Job, installment I:
Question: How was the Theotokos baptized, when, and by whom?

Answer: Saint Sophronius the Patriarch of Jerusalem, apparently on the foundation of a tradition preserved by the Jerusalem Church, writes: “Our Lord Jesus Christ baptized Peter with His hands, and Peter, in his turn, baptized Andrew, James, and John; James and John baptized the other apostles. The Mother of God was baptized by the Apostles Peter and John together.” (Fragmentum. De baptismate apostolorum // Migne P. G. 87 / 3. Col. 3372. Quoted in St Sophronius, Sermons. Translation and commentary by Archimandrite Ambrose (Pogodin)).

5 comments:

Athanasia said...

I love learning all these things about our Holy Lady. They seem to only increase my love for her.

I look forward to whatever you share, but especially about the Theotokos.

David.R said...

Christ is risen! I just received an e-mail from a Greek monk stating that: "“THE THEOTOKOS DURING THE ANNUNCIATION (EVAGGELISMOS) WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON HER, WAS MADE PERFECT FOR THE DWELLING OF CHRIST, SHE HAD NO NEED FOR BAPTISM AFTERWARDS”

Is Fr Job's source reliable? Any thoughts on this?
Thanks

Felix Culpa said...

Truly He is Risen! All I can say is that his source is St Sophronius of Jerusalem (+638). What is your monk's source?

Felix Culpa said...

Moreover, if Our Lord Himself were Baptized, why not His Mother? It's not a question of perfection.

David.R said...

Thank you !
I will tell my friend about your answer. It makes sense to me.

David