Therefore, she only is
the frontier between created and uncreated nature,
and there is no man that shall come to God
he be truly illumined
that Lamp truly radiant with divinity, even as the Prophet says, «God is in the midst of her, she shall not be shaken» (Ps. 45:5).
If recompense is bestowed according to the measure of love for God, and if the man who loves the Son is loved of Him and of His Father and becomes the dwelling place of Both, and They mystically abide and walk in him, as it is recorded in the Master's Gospel, who, then, will love Him more than His Mother?
For, He was her only-begotten Son, and moreover she alone among women gave birth knowing no spouse, so that the love of Him that had partaken of her flesh might be shared with her twofold. And who will the only-begotten Son love more than His Mother, He that came forth from Her ineffably without a father in this last age even as He came forth from the Father without a mother before the ages'?
How indeed could He that descended to fulfill the Law not multiply that honor due to His Mother over and above the ordinances of the Law?
We owe much to th5e
Panagia. This is why our Church honours and venerates the
Theotokos. This is why St. Gregory Palamas, summarizing Patristic theology, says that our Panagia holds the second place after the Holy Trinity;
she is god after God;
the borderline between the created and the uncreated. ‘She leads those being saved’, according to another fine expression by a theologian of our Church. And St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, the steadfast luminary and teacher of the Church, pointed out that
the angelic ranks
are illumined by the light they receive from the Panagia.
…[W]e cannot agree with the opinion of some theologians in the Orthodox sphere who claim that the Virgin’s mediation or intercession, as they hasten to call it, does not differ essentially from the intercession of other saints. It is known that a few decades ago, the Tradition of the Church of Christ which prays “Most Holy Theotokos save us” was doubted. Only God, they say, saves. The All Holy Virgin Mary can only intercede like every saint.[Mavromatis George, She is Truly Theotokos, pp 190]
Certainly, the Church prays “by the intercessions of the Theotokos, Savior save us” but also chants “and I have you as a mediatrix towards the philanthropic God,” and since our Lady is
“More Honorable than the Cherubim and incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim,”
— “the Saint greater than saints,” —
“God after God,”
all this implies that her intercession — her mediation — is
incomparably higher than that of the saints and angels.
The Most Holy Theotokos
According to Saint Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
Presented in San Francisco, October 6, 2012
Our Most Holy Lady, the Ever-Virgin Mary is a wonder and
mystery which not even the angels can understand:
“Heaven was astonished and the ends of the earth amazed, for God appeared bodily to mankind, and your bosom became broader than the heavens. Therefore, Mother of God, the leaders of the orders of angels and of men magnify you”, writes the poet of the Paraclitic Canon. She is, as Gregory the Theologian says,
“God after God”.
Of course, the Fathers also refer to her position elsewhere, clarifying it: “Let Mary be held in honour. Let the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be worshipped, but let no-one worship Mary”, (Saint Epifanios).