Today the Virgin goes forth, making her way to a cave where from her, ineffably, God the eternal Word will be born.
Let the world be filled with joy, hearing these tidings. Joining the angels and shepherds let us give glory to Him who is God from all ages, yet wills to be seen as a little child.
Pre-Nativity Kontakion (Tone 3)
Merry Christmas to all celebrating the feast according to the Catholic Calendar!
I’d like to ask our Calvinist friends here if it is true John Calvin believed in and defended the perpetual virginity of the Mother of God? I have read this in several Orthodox places. Thank you, dear friends!
I’ve excerpted a paragraph from Calvin’s commentary notes on Matthew 1:25 in Biblehub.com:
Other Reformers, such as Luther and Zwingli, defended the doctrine more expressly. Bullinger even codified it in the Second Helvetic Confession of Faith – “We also believe and teach that the eternal Son…was most chastely conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the ever virgin Mary”
Francis Turretin, a heavyweight defender for Calvinism in the 17th century, I think provides a very succinct and more direct statement of what is mostly likely Calvin’s overall view – “This is not expressly declared in Scripture, but is yet piously believed with human faith from the consent of the ancient church. Thus it is probable that the womb in which our Savior received the auspices of life (whence he entered into this world, as from a temple) was so consecrated and sanctified by so great a guest that she always remained untouched by man…Hence Helvidius and the Antidicomarianites (so-called because they were opponents of [antidikoi] Mary) are deservedly rebuked by the fathers for denying that Mary was always a virgin”.
Dear Robertar & Erik:
Thank you so much for the enlightening responses!
A blessed and joyous New Year to all!