In Church tradition, we are encouraged to offer prayers to the VIRGIN MARY whom we honor as the Mother of God. It is fitting for us to turn to her and ask her to intercede on our behalf before her beloved Son. In many of our divine services, we find ourselves repeatedly singing a simple refrain: O MOST-HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!
Another popular prayer to the Virgin is based upon the words of the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: REJOICE, MARY FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH YOU. BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN. We are reminded to never lose sight of the significant role that the Theotokos played in God's plan salvation for mankind. She found favor with God and was selected from all the women who ever lived to be the instrument of God's grace, giving flesh to His Divine Son.
Listen to how St. John Chrysostom describes the Mother of God in one of his famous sermons: "Nothing can be found among men to measure up to Mary, the Mother of God. Consider all the earth's creatures...are there any that who are equal to her? Go around the earth...go under the sea...search the air. Are there any as wondrous as her? She miraculously conceived in her womb the One Whom all creation praises with fear and trembling. She gave birth to a Child, and now she surpasses even the angels in glory. Therefore, let us say to her: "BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN! YOU ALONE REMOVED THE GRIEF OF EVE! YOU ALONE WIPED AWAY HER TEARS!"
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin – Cliffwood, NJ