Learning About God Through Mary

“Through Mary, therefore, we learn something about what God is and why creation exists. We discover how God is love (1 John 4:18), and how it is that the world hears and bears the seed of the divine Word. As the living temple of God, the Virgin Mother reminds us that we too are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16 and 2 Cor. 6:16), that our body is also the temple of the Holy Spirit within (1 Cor. 6:19), and that the whole world is a temple inasmuch as it is a sign of the presence of God. In fact, it has been revealed to us that the Pantokrator God is the temple itself (Rev. 21:21).[…]   

The unceasing response to God’s eternal initiative is the continual yes of the Virgin Mary’s word constantly and completely corresponds to God’s Word, lovingly bearing that Word in her womb and selflessly confirming it in her life. She is the encompassing of any duality. Mary is able to realize these mysteries precisely because, again in the words of the Akathist hymn, she has yoked together maidenhood and motherhood…remaining a virgin, yet giving birth (Stasis III). As virgin, she signifies the integrity of life, and not just of celibacy; as mother, she personifies the affirmation of life, and not just of marriage. The same hymn states that she brings opposites to unity. Little wonder that the Virgin Mother is held in high esteem by monastic and married persons alike. She rightly constitutes the queen (ánassa) of heaven, as well as the breath (anássa) of creation.” (John Chryssavgis, Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Christian Ecological Worldview, pp 146 – 147)