Today in the Roman Church is the Feast of Mary the Mother of God. Today Mary is celebrated as the Theotokos.
I always love how during Orthros the Magnificat is sung with the following refrain:
More honorable than the cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word: true Theotokos, we magnify you.
The bells you hear are from the censer as the deacon blesses the church with incense. Different Byzantine Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches have slightly different translations of the same original Greek.
I like how this feast, which declares through Mary that Jesus is human and divine, is fit in between Christmas which emphasizes His humanity and Epiphany (Theophany in the East) which declares His divinity.
Two Natures, One Person.
May God bless all who read my ramblings,
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