Hail Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Mother, Morning Star, Vessel of Honor.
Hail Mary, most precious jewel of all the earth. Hail Mary, chaste dove. Hail Mary, the lamp always alight, for the Sun of Justice has been born of you. ... Hail Mary, Mother of God, for whom John, yet still in his maternal womb, jumped for joy and adored the luminary of eternal light.
... And what more can I say? Because of whom the Only Begotten Son of God, shone the Light on those who worked in darkness and in the shadow of death.... Who among men is capable of uttering the praise which Mary merits, who is worthy of all praise? She is Virgin and Mother. What a marvelous thing. I am filled with awe at this miracle.
Excerpts from a homily of Cyril of Alexandria