Let Us Praise the Virgin Mary

“I salute you, O Mary, Theotokos: through you the prophets speak out and the shepherds sing God’s praises…., the angels dance and the archangels sing tremendous hymns…, the Magi prostrate themselves in adoration…,the dignity of the twelve apostles has been exalted….,John exulted while still in his mother’s womb, and the lamp adored the everlasting light…,grace ineffable came forth…,the true light came into our world, our Lord Jesus Christ…,light shone on those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death….Because of you the Gospels proclaim, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Lk 19:38); through you, the churches of those who possess the orthodox faith have been founded in the cities, in the villages, in the isles….

the Conqueror of death and Destroyer of hell has come forth…He has come, the Maker of the first creation, and he had repaired the first man’s falsehood, he, who governs the heavenly kingdom…Through you, the beauty of the Resurrection flowered, and its brilliance shone out…,the tremendous baptism of holiness in the Jordan has shone out…John and the river Jordan are made holy, and the devil is cast out….Through you, every faithful soul achieves salvation.”

(St Cyril in Mary and the Fathers of the Church by Luigi Gambero, pp 244-245)