The Virgin; Mother, Field and Temple by Proclus of Constantinople

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O man, do not be ashamed of this birth. It was the cause of our salvation. For, if he had not been born of a woman, neither would he have died. And if he had not died, he would not have brought to nothing, by his death, “him who has the power of death; that is, the devil” (Heb 2:14)

Proclus of Constantinople, Homily 1, 3; PG 65, 684 A.

O womb, in which the decree of our liberation was composed! O belly, in which were forged weapons to oppose the devil! O field, in which the cultivator of human nature, without seed, made grain spring up! O temple, in which God became a priest, not changing our nature, but reclothing it, in his mercy, with that which he is, according to the order of Melchizedek

Proclus of Constantinople, Homily 1, 3; PG 65, 684 B

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

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