Orthodox Christians venerate Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and all of the Saints, including Apostles, Martyrs, and other Orthodox Christians who lived particularly holy lives. It is believed that Mary and the other Saints surround us, praying for and with us, as the “cloud of witnesses” mentioned in the Book of Hebrews. The Virgin Mary holds a special place in Orthodoxy Christianity because God the Father chose her to be the Mother of His Son. Mary is often called “Mother of God” (or Theotokos) a title that points to the divinity of her Son. She is also known as the “New Eve”, since her obedience to the will of God overcame Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden.