O Full of Grace, Glory to Thee Author: Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)
This publication, although brief, gives to the reader a magnificent portrayal of the holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is a most impressive biographical sketch of the one, unique person who became the pure and holy vessel through whom God entered into His creation to make it eternally divine. The author, following a chronological path from the birth of the holy Mother of God through her earthly life, and using historic sources and services, bridges the three hundred year period wherein there was no New Testament and proceeds down through the centuries to the present clay. Whether deliberate or not, the author brings to our attention the fact that we cannot recognize the uninterrupted continuity of the Church without the person of the Ever-Virgin Mary, our mother. Consequently the reader of this book will realize the significance of the divinely inspired words coming from her when she said, “Henceforth, all generations will call me blessed.” In this publication we see in her the love of God, the God of extreme humility who recognized Himself in the total humility of the holy Theotokos.
Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Metropolis of Denver