From the writings of St. John of Damascus
She opened to us the unspeakable abyss of God’s love for us. Through her the old enmity against the Creator is destroyed. Through her our reconciliation with him is strengthened, peace and grace are given to us, men are made the companions of angels, and we, who lived in dishonor, are made the children of God. From her we’ve plucked the fruit of life. From her we’ve received the seed of immortality. She’s the channel of all our goods. In her, God was Man, and Man was God. What could be more marvelous or more blessed than that?
Prayer of St. Athanasius:
O Virgin, Ark of the Covenant, clothed with purity instead of gold! You are the Ark in which is found the golden vessel containing the true manna, that is, the Flesh in which God resides.