Only our Lady…
If the nine orders of angels desired to descend from the heavens, and become demons,
If all men would become evil,
If all creations, heaven, lights, priests, animals desired to apostasize from God,
All these evils of creation weighed against the fulness of the Holiness of the Theotokos could not sadden God.
For only the Lady Theotokos was able to please Him in all things. She alone stands between God and men, who made God the son of men, and men sons of God.
Without her intercessions no one, neither angels, nor men could entreat God, for she alone is found on the border between the uncreated and natural creation.
- St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, from Fr. Demetrios Athanasiou, “Panton Anassa”