Here is an excerpt from my book that may be helpful:
WHO IS MARY?
Some Christians diminish her importance, and others idolatrously worship her. But who is Mary? And why do those of us in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church properly venerate her?
In Orthodoxy, our devotion to the Virgin Mary is derived directly from what the Bible says about her. The Scriptures declare her to be the Mother of Our Lord (St. Luke 1:43), and thus we honor her as the “Theotokos”- The Mother of God. In affirming Mary as the “Theotokos,” we are in no way declaring her to be greater than God. What we are professing is the glorious Mystery of the Incarnation: God became a man and was born of the Virgin- the Virgin who was divinely chosen for her purity, faith, humility, and obedience.
Mary was the ladder reaching from earth to Heaven upon whom God descended in order to walk amongst humanity and redeem us from sin and death. Our Lady the Virgin Mary was the first person to receive Jesus Christ by faith, thus she is the supreme example of how we too should receive Christ into our lives. The Incarnation is the central doctrine of Christianity. If we dishonor or diminish the role of Mary in bringing forth the Savior of the world, then we dishonor and diminish the Savior Himself.
Was Mary sinless? Did she remain a virgin all of her life? These questions are frequently disputed and debated by those outside of the Orthodox Faith. But they are questions best answered by simply proclaiming and affirming her titles and virtues as revealed in the Holy Bible and in the sacred Apostolic Teachings and Traditions of the Church.
Following are some of the titles and virtues that the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church ascribes to Our Lady the Holy Virgin Mary. They come from one of our ecclesiastical prayer books called THE WUDASSE MARYAM: Hymns of Praise to the Holy Virgin Mary
My prayer is that by meditating on her virtues and proclaiming her titles, you will cultivate a deep and mystical relationship with Our Lady the Holy Virgin St. Mary. For she is the greater than all the Saints, more exalted than the angels, and holier than any person who has ever lived other than He to whom she alone was worthy to give birth.
Let us ask her to intercede on our behalf. Let us look to her as our shining example of Christian faith. Let us learn from her purity, her humility, and her obedience. And most of all, may she guide us to a deeper, richer, and fuller knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
"Thou was called the 'Holy of Holies'"
"Ever-pure Bearer of God"
"Thou art 'The Sanctuary'"
"Thou art the 'Urn of God' or the 'Holy Golden Pot'"
"Thou art ‘The Golden Candlestick'"
"Thou art ‘The Censer of Gold'"
"Thou art ‘The Garden of Delight'"
"Thou art ‘like the rod of Aaron’"
"Thou art greater than the high priest and thou art more honorable than the prophets."
"In thee there is majesty of appearance which is greater than the majesty of the Seraphim and Cherubim."
"Thou art the 'Glory of Our Race.'"
"Thou art 'She Who Must Beg for Life for Our Souls.'"
"The Perfect (or absolute) Virgin."
"Thou art 'The Ladder Reaching from Heaven to Earth' on which the angels of God do ascend and descend, which Jacob saw."
"Thou art 'The Burning Bush'"
"Thou art that 'Field Wherein no Seed was Sown,' and yet from thee came forth the Fruit of Life."
"Thou art the 'Treasure House' which Joseph bought and found therein a pearl, a precious gem, that is Eyesus Kristos our Redeemer."
"The Joy to the Angels"
"Thou art worthy to be called the 'God-Bearer.'"
"The Mother of All Living Beings"
"The Spiritual Mountain"
"The greatness of the Virgin whom God has chosen is beyond anyone to describe."
"Thou art symbolized in the pure twig and true vessel representing the Right Faith of the saints, our Fathers."
"The 'Mother of the Resplendent Light.'"
"Pure Virgin, Mother of the Light"
"The Throne of the King Whom the Cherubim Carry"
"Second Heaven upon the Earth"
"The Gate that Lets in the Rising Sun"
"The Pure Bride Chamber of the Holy Bridegroom"
"Country of God"
"The Abode of All Who Rejoice"
"Thou art the 'True Cloud' and hast shown us the water from the rain."
"The Spotless Virgin"
"O Pure Maryam in whom there is no blemish"
"O undefiled Vessel that is perfect and spotless"
"O Garden that is endowed with reason"
"Thou art 'The Beauty of Praise.'"
"O Thorn-bush, who was not consumed by the fire of the Godhead"
"O Maid and Virgin Mother, heaven and the heavenly, who carried in thine own body Him Who is born aloft on the Cherubim."
"The Glory of Maryam is greater than all of the saints."
"She was worthy to receive the Word of the Father."
"Greater is she than the Cherubim and superior to the Seraphim, for she became the Ark (or Tabernacle) of One of the Holy Trinity."
"She is Jerusalem, the land of the prophets and the joyful habitation of all the saints."
"Ezekiel the Prophet testified concerning her and said, 'I see a sealed door in the east, sealed with a great and wonderful seal, and no one save the God of Powers has entered through it. He has gone in through it and come out.' (Ezekiel 43:4-5; 44:13)"
"The Virgin is the Door who brought the Redeemer to us, and after bringing Him forth, she remained a virgin."
"Thou art complete and Blessed, for thou found grace from the King of Glory Who is God in Truth."
"Praise and glory belong to thee all the more from all who dwell upon the earth."
"The Bush which Moses saw burning in the desert with its wood remaining unconsumed signifies Maryam, the Spotless Virgin."
"On account of Eve was the door of the Garden shut up, and through Maryam the Virgin it is opened to us again and we are permitted to eat of the Tree of Life in the Holy Body and Precious Blood of Christ."
"After she brought Him forth, her virginity was not lost, and it became manifest that she was the Bearer of God."
"From woman was given the Lord, the word of the Father, Who is called Emmanuel. On account of this we beseech her at all times to intercede on our behalf to her Beloved son for the forgiveness of our sins."
"She was beneficent towards all the saints and patriarchs in that she brought to them Him for Whom they awaited; and she brought to the prophets Him Whose coming they prophesied; and to the apostles she brought Him in Whose name they were to preach to all the ends of the world. From her came forth Him for Whom the martyrs and the faithful were to undergo struggle, that is Eyesus Kristos (Jesus Christ)."
"Thou alone, O Lady who brought forth God, art the 'Mother of Light.'"
"Blessed art thou, 'Greater than the Heavens and Higher than the earth.'"
"Thou transcends the conception of every mind, O Maryam the Virgin. Who is able to describe thy greatness, for there is none with whom thou may be compared. The angels magnify thee and the Seraphim praise thee."
"Greater art thou than all women who have received grace and honor."
"O Maryam, the Bearer of God, 'The Spiritual City wherein God the Most High took up His abode.'"
"Maryam the Virgin is 'The Vessel of Priceless Ointment,' 'The Fountainhead (or spring) of the Water of Life. The fruit of her womb has saved the whole world."
"The Trusted Advocate of the Human Race"
"Honored art thou by all, thou who hast become 'The Dwelling Place of the Word of the Father.'"
"Thou art the tent which is pitched, which gathers together the Christian people and teaches them to worship the Life-giving Trinity."
"Thou hast born the Pillar of Fire which Moses saw, even the Son of God Who came and dwelt in thy womb."
"Thou became the Ark for Him Who created heaven and earth, which the earth cannot contain."
"Thou art 'The Ladder which Leads to Heaven.'"
"Thou art brighter than the sun."
"Thou art the Eastern Horizon where rises the brilliant star Whose appearance the saints awaited with joy and gladness."
"Pure and Bright art thou in everything, O Holy One, worthy of all praise. Thou who hast held the Lord in thine arms."
"Rejoice, thou who art full of grace. We marvel at thy greatness, O devoted Virgin, and we ascribe joy to thee with the Angel Gabriel; for the Fruit of thy womb is the source of salvation for our race, and has brought us nigh unto God His Father."
"Thou art 'The Young Shoot from the Root of David.'"
"Thou became 'The Second Heaven on Earth' thou 'Spotless God-Bearer.'"
"Thou art 'The Tent of the Holy of Holies' wherein the Ark which was covered all over with plates of gold and had therein the Tablets of the Covenant and the golden urn with the manna signifying the Son of God."
"Rejoice thou 'Garden Paradise' which provides for the Lamb that speaks, even the Son of the Father who abides forever."
"Thou art called 'The Mother of Kristos the King.'"
"Thou art 'The Ladder' on which Jacob saw the Son of God; for thou carried in thy womb Him Who could not be touched."
"Thou hast become 'Our Intercessor to Our Lord Eyesus Kristos,' Who was incarnate of thee for our salvation."
"O Blessed and Undefiled Bride Chamber."
"The Unblemished Virgin"
"The Undefiled Vessel"
"The Glory of All the World"
"The Light which Shall Never be Put Out"
"The Shrine which Shall Never be Abandoned"
"Staff of the Faith"
"The Never Failing Support of the Saints"“Mary the virgin is found obedient, saying, ‘Behold the handmaiden of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word.’ In contrast, Eve was disobedient. For she did not obey when she was still a virgin. Having become disobedient, she was made the cause of death, both to herself and to the entire human race. Correspondingly, Mary, who was also a virgin (although betrothed to a man), by yielding obedience, became the cause of salvation, both to herself and the whole human race. This demonstrates the corresponding reference from Mary back to Eve. So it was that the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.”
-St. Irenaeus-“It was while Eve was yet a virgin that the ensnaring word had crept into her ear. And this word was to build the edifice of death. In like manner, the Word of God must be introduced into a virgin’s soul – that Word who was to raise the fabric of life, so that what had been reduced to ruin by this sex, might by the self-same sex be recovered to salvation. As Eve had believed the serpent, so Mary believed the angel.”
O Our Lady, the Virgin Saint Maryam,
in St. Gabriel’s greetings:
"Peace be unto you."
Holy and pure, O Mother of the Almighty God:
"Peace be unto you."
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
pray for us before Our Lord Jesus Christ
that He may forgive us for our sins.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, -Amen-