On the Ever-Virginity of the Most Holy Theotokos
Some dare to claim that Mary became fully Joseph’s wife after the Savior’s birth. How could she who was the dwelling-place of the Spirit, who was overshadowed by the divine power, ever become the wife of a mortal and bear children in pain, according to the ancient curse? It is through Mary, “blessed among women,” that the curses uttered in the beginning have been removed according to which a child in such torments cannot be called blessed. Just as the Lord entered through all closed doors, so he came out if an original womb, for this virgin bore him truly and really without pain.
- St. Ephrem (4th century)