Blessed fast of St. Mary -- Day Two -- St. Mary as the second Eve. [Wudassie Mariam Thursday]

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit One God Amen


In Romans 5:14, St Paul has called Adam a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. Similarly Church Fathers like St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenaeus, Tertullian, St. Ephraim the Syrian, St. John Chrysostom, St Giorgis the Gascha [the Ethiopian St Cyril] and St Yaried [the Ethiopian Hymnologist] have presented St Mary as the new Eve, as a person who undo Eve’s disobedience.

St Jerome said, “ death through eve, and life through Mary”. Like St. Irenaeus and Jerome, St. Ephraim the Syrian describe St. Mary the means for our salvation and the reason for opening the paradise door once shut through Eve saying,

Through her was destroyed the curse of olden time, which rested upon our race, through the wickedness which the woman committed [when] she ate [of] the tree. Through EVE was the door of the Garden shut fast, and because of MARY the Virgin it hath been opened to us again. It is allotted to us to eat of the Tree of Life, that is to say, the Body of CHRIST and His precious Blood”.

The Bible also stated, “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living”. But in reality, all people have died and went to hell after the first partners sinned. The Church Fathers interpreted the above verse as after Adam and Eve sinned, and repented. God told Adam that He will save Him by taking a flesh from his great-granddaughter[Genesis 4:15]. Then Adam "chastely generated the virgin, Eve; he called her by name, mother of life, and so he was a prophet”. He foresaw through Eve, and named St Mary as the true mother of all living thing who would give birth to the true life giver who granted eternal life through the faith.