The second mother blessed by St. Ephrem the Syrian

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“Just as their very bodies have sinned and died, and as the earth, their mother is cursed (cf. Gen 3:17-19), so because of this body which is the incorruptible church, his earth is blessed from the beginning.
This earth is Mary’s body, the temple in which a seed has been deposited. Observe the angel who comes and deposits this seed in Mary’s ear. It is with this very clear word that he began to sow; “Salvation is with you; you are blessed among women” (Lk 1:28). And Elizabeth confirmed this word, saying once more; “You are blessed among women” (Lk 1:42), showing that because of the first mother who was cursed, the second Mother bears the name blessed.”

Ephrem the Syrian: Disatessaron 4, 15; SC 121, 102.

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Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press., p.113-114

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