“If God had so arranged things that the priesthood would be entrusted to women and that they would exercise a canonical role in the Church, first of all, before any other woman in the New Testament, he would have granted priesthood to Mary, who was so honoured that she carried the universal King in her womb.”Epiphanius of Salamis, Haer., 79, 3; PG 42, 744 A-B.
Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press. p. 128.