"If the Son of God had wanted merely to appear, He would certainly have assumed any kind of body, even one better than ours. Instead, it was our own kind of body that He took, and not just in any way. He took it from a pure unstained Virgin, who had not known man. This... Continue Reading →
Victory over the enemy by Irenaeus of Lyon
"The victory over the enemy would not have been rightly won had not his conqueror been born as man from a woman. For it was through a woman that the devil held sway over man from the beginning, when he set himself to be man's adversary.Therefore the Lord confesses himself to be the Son of... Continue Reading →
Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary by John Chrysostom
Here St. John compares Virgin Mary with other barren women who gave birth at an old age, such as Sarah and Elizabeth. He wants to affirm the wonder that transcends all-natural order. The same God who did these wonders can also do wonders in your life. “ When a Jew asks you: "How did the... Continue Reading →
Mary restores woman’s dignity by Cyril of Jerusalem
Mary’s birth makes women equal to men, and makes them equal partners in the new creation, Christ and God himself. “At first, the feminine sex was obligated to give thanks to men, because Eve, born of Adam but not conceived by a mother, was in a certain sense born of man. Mary, instead, paid off... Continue Reading →
The Workshop for the Incarnation of Jesus by Epiphanius of Salamis.
“ It was the same holy Savior, descending from heaven, who deigned to bring about our salvation in a virginal workshop, being generated a second time by Mary, having been conceived by the working of the Holy Spirit. Clothed in flesh-"The Word became flesh" (Jn 1:14) - without changing in his nature, although uniting a... Continue Reading →
Mary the Mother of the Living by Epiphanius of Salamis.
“ “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28). This is she who was prefigured by Eve and who symbolically received the title of mother of the living (cf. Gen 3:20). For Eve was called mother of the living after she had heard the words, "You are dust and to dust yo... Continue Reading →
Eve and Mary embroidery by Epiphanius of Salamis.
Who gave woman wisdom and skill in embroidery?
No priesthood for women, by Epiphanius of Salamis.
before any other woman in the New Testament, he would have granted priesthood to Mary
Why Christians do not worship Virgin Mary, by Epiphanius of Salamis.
She herself adored him who was born of her flesh
Mary’s death by Epiphanius of Salamis.
"If anyone holds that we are mistaken, let him simply follow the indications of Scripture, in which is found no mention of Mary's death, whether she died or did not die, whether she was buried or was not buried. For when John was sent on his voyage to Asia, no one says that he had... Continue Reading →