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SAYINGS OF THE CHURCH FATHERS ON OUR LADY THE VIRGIN MARY

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SAYINGS OF THE CHURCH FATHERS ON OUR LADY THE VIRGIN MARY

  • “O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to St. Mary in all you necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.” – St. Basil the Great
  • “Him whom the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore…she carried Him in whom we are; she gave milk to our Bread.” – St. Augustine
  • “Imitate her [Mary], holy mothers, who in her only dearly beloved Son set forth so great an example of maternal virtue; for neither have you sweeter children [than Jesus], nor did the Virgin seek the consolation of being able to bear another son.” (Letters 63:111 [A.D. 388]) – Ambrose of Milan
  • “The Word himself, coming into the Blessed Virgin herself, assumed for himself his own temple from the substance of the Virgin and came forth from her a man in all that could be externally discerned, while interiorly he was true God. Therefore he kept his Mother a virgin even after her childbearing.” – Cyril of Alexandria
  • “It is impossible to be saved without the help of the Most Blessed Virgin, because those who are not saved by the justice of God are saved by the intercession of Mary.” – St. John Chrysostom
  • “When God became known to us in the flesh, He neither received the passions of human nature, nor did the Virgin Mary suffer pain, nor was the Holy Spirit diminished in any way, nor was the power of the Most High set aside in any manner, and all this was because all was accomplished by the Holy Spirit. Thus the power of the Most High was not abased, and the child was born with no damage whatsoever to the mother’s virginity.” – St. Gregory of Nyssia
  • “O Lady, Mother of God, who gave birth in the flesh to God the Word, I know, O how well I know, that it is no honour or praise to thee when one so impure and depraved as I look up to thy icon…But I have heard that God Who was born of thee became man on purpose to call sinners to repentance. Then help me, for I have no other help. Order the entrance of the church to be opened to me. Allow me to see the venerable Tree on which He Who was born of thee suffered in the flesh and on which He shed His holy Blood for the redemption of sinners an for me, unworthy as I am. Be my faithful witness before thy son that I will never again defile my body by the impurity of fornication, but as soon as I have seen the Tree of the Cross I will renounce the world and its temptations and will go wherever thou wilt lead me.” – St. Mary of Egypt
  • “Come, let us wonder at the virgin most pure, wondrous in herself, unique in creation, she gave birth, yet knew no man; her pure soul with wonder was filled, daily her mind gave praise in joy at the twofold wonder: her virginity preserved, her child most dear. Blessed is He who shone forth from her!” – St. Ephraim the Syrian