The Theotokos as a Sign of our Salvation

In what I think is a very interesting interposing of the idea of prefiguring and fulfillment, the New Skete Monastery’s Sighs of the Spirit prayer book links Eve, the Fall and death to the Theotokos, the tree of the Cross and the death of Christ in one of their prayers for the Nativity of the Theotokos.  

“O heavenly Father:  Just as the first woman, the first tree, and then death became symbols of our defeat, so this other woman, this other tree, and this other death are symbols of your victory.  In your goodness, make us worthy of sharing in the gifts of that victory, by the prayers of the Theotokos.”