V. Rev. Thomas Hopko -"On the Theotokos" -- Homily given at Holy Trinity Cathedral Akathist Service, 2006.
Comments from the lecture by Fr. Hopko:
The Theotokos (Virgin Mary) is not the great exception of mankind but the great example to mankind.
Everyone of us has to say to God "Let it be to me according to your word."
"Blessed is she, blessed is he, who believes there will be a fullfillment of the words spoken by the Lord must be said by us.
If we were as open, as faithful, if our souls would magnify the Lord and our spirit rejoice in God our Savior, the angels would speak to us too.
"Who is my father, who are my brothers and sisters?" The one who does the will of God is my mother, my brother, and my sister. Mary is blessed because she heard the word of God.
We are all indebted to God, but God is indebted to Mary.
Listen to the lecture by Fr. Hopko (WMA - Windows audio file).
Fr. Thomas Hopko is Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY.
The homily is found on the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church website (new window will open).