Christopher Veniamin writes that, according to St. Maximus, we can even go so far as to say her death was by economy and therefore voluntary, and that the same is true of all the righteous in Christ. Veniamin writes:.
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Following the regeneration of our nature through baptism and the seal of the Holy Spirit i. Maximus the Confessor, Letters to Thalassius LXI PG , inasmuch as the saints voluntarily lay down their lives as did Christ , even though they are blameless and innocent. Their innocence means that sin, and therefore death too, has no hold over them.
Thus, their innocent and unjust death is like that of Christ, and signifies their triumph through Christ over the devil and death. The Theotokos, who intercedes for all men This follows from St. Through Christ all corruption and death can be defeated within us, as it is in the Theotokos, and thus in some way our death becomes voluntary although it is according to the mortal nature we inherit at birth. But the death of the Theotokos, which is the culmination of the Biblical story of redemption  has ushered in the experience that all men have been called to since the creation of Adam and Eve.
Had they not sinned, Adam and Eve and all their descendants would have acquired immortality, and so she who is All-Holy, the Panagia, could not be held by the tomb.
And we do not say that Christ simply chose to raise her body, but rather that death itself could not hold her. These things are alien and forever foreign to her God-bearing soul and body. The Theotokos is the greatest advocate of men before God. It is to her that we flee after God Himself and her petitions fill our services and prayers.
She is truly the mother of the Church and her abundant love overflows on us all.
Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
John Chrysostom, St. Gregory Palamas, St. Amphilocius of Iconium, St. John of Kronstadt, St.
Philaret the Confessor, St. John Maximovitch and others. Ephraim the Syrian, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and others. John of Kronstadt.
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First Homily on the Annunciation - St. Gregory the Wonderworker. Second Homily on the Annunciation - St. But who would dare investigate so great a mystery? And so, of that which was impossible for mankind to undertake, God did aspire and did descend, making for the salvation of mankind, since in the will of God this is life for all mankind. On the present joyous day God hath come to be born; on this great day of arrival God is become That Which He was not: being God, He hath become Man, so to speak as though removed from Divinity though His Divine Nature be not divested of ; in being made Man, He hath remained God.
Wherefore, though He grew and flourished, it however was not thus as it were by human power to attain to Divinity nor by any human ability to be made God; but rather as the Word, by miraculous sufferance, wherein He was incarnated and manifest not being transformed, not being made something other, not deprived of that Divine Nature which He possessed previously.
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