“Behold the Slave of the Lord”

Author: Juliana Chrisanthus
Date Published: 05/29/2005

A very long time ago, a young girl was sent by her parents to be raised in a temple. The parents, making good on a promise they had made to God, delivered their four year old child up to be raised by what they only could imagine to be angels, since she was to be the only one in that temple. The little girl’s parents died while she was in the temple, and she did not learn of this until she left the temple some years later. So here the young woman, having been sheltered from the world during such formative years, is basically on her own. One day, she is asked to do something incomprehensible. With not another human being to help her, she makes a decision that defies all human logic and reasoning. She puts her trust in something of which she has no tangible proof; she is asked to have complete trust in the unknown. She decides to give herself, entirely, to this daunting task because she has an enormous faith and a great zeal in her heart for her God. She submitted to her task with her whole-heart, even referring to herself as a “slave”. She completely gave herself over to something she did not understand; mind, body and spirit, she conceded to what was asked of her.

If you didn’t guess yet, the young girl in the above situation was our Holy Mother, the Panagia. If we read that story as is, and apply it to the world today, what would be the response in the faithless and God-hating society in which we live today? Would people be crying out that Panagia’s parents abused her by leaving her in the temple with no (human) person to care for her? Would they claim she was “indoctrinated” since her most formative years were spent in isolation where she could not have learned to “think for herself?” Would they claim she was violated because a child was placed in her uterus without her first consenting to it? Would they call her crazy, and a “cult follower” because she gave herself so completely to something without knowing what it would really mean or involve? If the events of Panagia’s life happened in this age, one has to wonder what people would really be saying.

Recently, articles have been circulating on the Internet quoting a certain Greek Orthodox Metropolitan stating, “God doesn’t want slaves in His Kingdom