On New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, 2022, Pope Francis urged people to place their lives under the protection of the Virgin Mary. This was the Pope’s first public act of 2022. He also celebrated a special Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The Pope said:
“At the beginning of the New Year, then, let us place ourselves under the protection of this woman, the Mother of God, who is also our mother. May she help us to keep and ponder all things, unafraid of trials and with the joyful certainty that the Lord is faithful and can transform every cross into a resurrection. Today too, let us call upon her as did the People of God at Ephesus. Let us stand and, facing Our Lady as did the people of God in Ephesus, let us together repeat three times her title of Mother of God: ‘Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God!’ Amen.”
This was an obvious reference to the Council of Ephesus (449), when the bishops met for the first time to officially exalt the Virgin Mary and declare her the “Mother of God.” However, the Pope’s reference to “Ephesus” can very easily apply to the idol worshippers of “Ephesus,” whom the Apostle Paul admonished to turn away from the false “gods” that were “made of hands” (Acts 19:26). The pagans of Ephesus rejected Paul’s warning and instead began chanting for the space of two hours: “Great is Diana of the Ephesians” (Acts 19:34).
Is it a coincidence that the goddess Diana, whom the Ephesians worshiped, was also a virgin? Is it also just a coincidence that the bishops meeting at Ephesus formally acknowledged the devotion of the Virgin Mary (Diana) as part of Catholic doctrine after Constantine incorporated paganism into the Christian church in the early fourth century? The fact is that idol worship, which the Apostle Paul denounced and urged people to abandon, is nevertheless alive and active in today’s “church.” The Virgin Diana (Mary) is still being venerated to this very day. #sda #adventist #adventista
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