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The Scriptural & Traditional Virgin Mary

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I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: Genesis 3, 15 "Truly elect, and superior to all, not by the altitude of lofty structures, but as excelling all in the greatness and purity of sublime and divine virtues, and having no affinity with sin whatever.” Germanus of Constantinople Marracci in S. Germani Mariali (ante A.D. 733) she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.’ Genesis 3, 15 {DRB} “Consequently, then, Mary the Virgin is found to be obedient, saying, ‘Behold, O Lord, your handmaid; be it done to me according to your word.’ …Thus, the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. What the virgin Eve had bound in unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosed through faith.” St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies 3:22:24 [A.D. 189]  And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Luke 1, 28 “Mary, a Virgin not only undefiled but a Virgin whom grace has m

I Will Put Enmities Between Thee and the Woman

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  I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. Genesis 3, 15 (DRB) The Protoevangelium (First Gospel) in the Book of Genesis is the first Messianic prophecy recorded in sacred Scripture, and it is pronounced by God Himself to the serpent in the wake of the fall of Adam and Eve. The prophecy does not speak of only the Divine Messiah, but also includes the free Woman of Promise whose fulfillment is ultimately reached in the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Divine Lord and Savior. In view of Eve’s transgression and her moral involvement in the fall of Adam ( אָדָם “mankind”), God declares to the serpent, in allusion to Mary, that He will put her (the woman) in complete opposition and hostility with it. This enmity between Mary and Satan shall be in the same likeness with that of her Divine Son’s with the Devil’s offspring: sinful and wicked humanity. The woman’s offspring shall not