Who is the Virgin and Her Son by Theodotus of Ancyra.

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The fruit of your womb is not autumnal; rather, it is a shoot of immortality. It is not a harvest that came as a gift of nature but a flower sprung from divine seed. For you gave birth to the Beginning who has no beginning, a child who is before all ages, the Virgin’s Son, the Eternal who is nurtured in your womb, to him who is older than his Mother yet is nursed by her, to him who nourishes all creatures and who clothes himself in human form, to the Splendor of God who presents himself as a pauper, to the King who will have no successor. Therefore, I salute you, O Virgin full of grace, Mother among virgins and Virgin among mothers, archetype of both mothers and virgins, but superior to both..”

Theodotus of Anchyra, Homily 6, 12; PO 19, 331.

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

This Homily is deemed authentic by Jugie, Martin, in his book The Immaculate Conception in Holy Scripture and in Eastern Tradition, Rome, 1954, (L’Immaculée Conception dans l’Écriture Sainte et dans la tradition orientale)

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