“FOR the Anointer and the Anointed were one and the same, anointing in the capacity of God Himself as man. Must there not therefore be a Mother of God who bore God incarnate? Assuredly she who played the part of the Creator's servant and mother is in all strictness and truth in reality God's Mother and Lady and Queen over all created things.”
~St. John Damascene (born 676; died between 754 and787): Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, Bk. 4, Ch. 14.
“O THOU, the world’s most blessed Queen, save them that from their soul confess thee Mother of God; for thou art an invincible mediatrix, who truly didst bear God.”
~Byzantine Oktoechos, Canon of the Sixth Tone, Fifth Ode. (ca. 9th cent.)