yes but the enthusiasts under Rome mean things we don't:
I'll say for the record here, as I did on ECF on CAF: THE ORHTODOX DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE COREDEMTRIX.
Please, any Orthodox post a counter statement.
This statement is necessary, as we are told that we believed in the Assumption until the pope dogmatized it, in the Immaculate Conception until the pope dogmatized it, etc.
As for her playing a pivotal role in salvation: for us, that's a given. And that's what St. Gregory is speaking of.
That's true we have a different understanding of these Terms but we can also call Her Salvation, Saviour.....to ask her save us. Everyone who saves is a Saviour ( but of course there is only one).
I think it would be interesting to quote some Fathers:
St. Gregory Palamas:
"She alone stands between God and the whole human race
, making God the son of man and men the sons of God. She is the source and root of the race of Liberty, her Body, the Temple of God is the saving Balsam for our race and She alone dwells on the frontier between created and uncreated natures, and those who know God recognize also Her in the habitation of the infinite".
St. Theophanes the Graptos: "It cannot happenn that ayone, of Angels or of men, can come otherwise, in any way whatsoever to participation in the divine gifts flowing from what has been divinely assumed, from the Son of God save through his mother".The Theotokos
is the Dispenser
and Distributer of all the wondrous uncreated gifts of the divine Spirit.
As the fountain, the Beginning of Life, She receives wholly the hidden grace of the Spirit and amply distributes it and shares it with others, thus manifesting it.All things are created for Her
and are governed through Her
. No one attains the fullness and the goal of life in Christ without Her cooperation or without the Spirit's help.
St. John of Kronstadt: " She is the highest of all creatures, the Mediatrix for the whole human race.
St. Germanos: "No one is filled with the knowledge of God save through thee O Most Holy One
."No one is saved except through thee, O Theotokos
, no one is ransomed save through thee, Mother of God, no one secured a gift of mercy save through thee, who holds God,....in thee all peoples of the earth have obtained blessing, for there is not place where thy name is not held in honor".
St. Terasios:" She is the cause of Salvation of all mortals
, the reconciler
in the second regeneration with God, She is the restoration of the whole world,
the expiation of Adam's curse, the price of Eve's debt and the one who free's us from the curse pronounced
against our first parent Eve. She is the Queen of the Universe, the Mediatress of all who are under heaven."
St. Joseph the Hymnographer: Through thee our earthly and corruptible nature is made heavenly !
St. Photios: " The Lord is with thee, delivering through thee
the whole race from its ancient sorrow and curse!
St.John of Damaskos:"Thou hast brought together what had been seperated. To serve the Theotokos and to be Her courtier is the greatest honor one can possible possess, for to serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern."She has won for us all good things
.Through Her, our reconciliation with God has been consecrated, and peace and grace have been bestowed
St.Ambrose of Milan: Alone Mary has worked the Salvation of the world
and conceived the Redemption of all.
St. Jerome: Through Eve death and THROUGH Mary life
St. Irenaeus: For what the Virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the Virgin Mary set free through faith.
St. Gregory Palamas: She cooperated
and suffered with that divine emptying ( kenosis) and condescension in His incarnation, when he took the form of a servant. She is also rightly glorified and exalted together with him.She divinized the human race.
St. Andrew: Every creature is filled with thy Glory
. All things have been made holy by the odor ot thy fragrance
, through thee the occasion of sin has been abolished
, the woes of the first parent have been transformed into joy.
St. Ignatios the Godbearer: " He who is devout to the Theotokos will certainly never be lost".
St. John of Kronstadt: The Mother of God is one flesh and blood, and one spirit with the Saviour,
as his Mother. She gave him Her mostholy and mostpure flesh, nourishing him with her Allholy Milk, carrying him in her arms, clothing him, caring inevery way for him in his infancy, kissiing him over and over again and caressing him. O Lord, who can describe the greatness of the Theotokos Virgiin ? She is one with God.....
God sent forth His Son, made of a woman(Gal4,4). Christ was "made" of a woman and He took Her flesh so Christ's saving flesh is the flesh from the Theotokos.
I think this is also the reason why we after receiving communion say also thanksgiving prayers to the Theotokos. Because when we receive Christs Allpure flesh we are also united with the Theotokos from whom Christ took the flesh.
"We prais thee the Mediatress for the Salvation of our race, o Virgin Theotokos, for thy Son and our God hath deigned to endure the Passion in the flesh taken from thee, and hath redeemed us from corruption, since he is the friend of man".
"By giving Birth to the Giver of Life, O Virigin thou didst rescue Adam from sin
and thou didst grant Eve joy instead of sorrow, for the God and Man who was incarnate of thee guided back to life those that had fallen away therefrom!.
St. Romanos the Melode: The Theotokos speaking of Herself:
For I am not simply thy Mother, O merciful Saviour,...but I supplicate thee in behalf of all men. Thou hast made me the pride and boast of all my race, for thy Universe considers me as a powerful protection, rampart and stay. May those that were cast from the joys of Paradies look to me that I may direct them to a perception of all things. Grant this to me who gave birth to thee a newborn child, the pre-eternal God".
"As the treasury of our Salvation,
O Allhymned One, do thou lead forth from the pit and abyss of offenses them that hope in thee, for those that were guilty because of sin hast thou saved by
giving birth to Salvation..."
"Unto thee I do ever ascribe my Salvation, in thee do I hope to be saved..."
Allholy Saviour of Souls save us!
The Panhagia Psyschosostria !