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I'm not really up on all the hymns, but could "unbroken seal" be referring to her virginity as opposed to a anatomical feature?Okay. Where I'm coming from is the fact that hymns and fathers talk about the "seal" remaining intact or unbroken. Maybe you're right, it's a little weird and besides-the-point for us to get caught up in these details of anatomy. But in that case, what exactly is the "seal" referring to, in relation to the womb? What else could it be? Or are our hymnographers themselves engaging in needless speculation?
I don't think they're engaging in needless speculation. I guess I see as a parallel the following: How was Jesus conceived? We believe rightly that the Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary - but how was her egg (which always have X chromosomes) transformed into a male child? How did the Spirit do that? I think we can affirm that He was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary without getting too caught up in the details. In the same way, I think we can affirm Mary's ever-virginity (as we do, and frequently) without working out the details. It's not a question of squeamishness at the discussion of parts of a woman's anatomy, but a question of theological necessity - we get into trouble when we try to hammer out details beyond what we really need to affirm our faith.
Okay, but how are the hymnographers not hammering out details unduly when they talk about the unbroken seal?