An interesting quote I recently came across (if it's legitimate--as I found it on an old Roman Catholic calendar) is worth sharing:
"Hail, Mother and Virgin, living and immortal tabernacle of God, the world's treasure and ligth, ornament of virgins, support of true faith, firm foundation of every church. You who gave birth to God, and carried under your pure heart, Him Whom space cannot contain. You through whom the Holy Trinity is praised and worshipped, and through whom the holy cross is venerated in the whole world...who can praise you who are above all praise?"
- - St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bp, C, Doctor of the Church (+444)
While there is much that a Lutheran can disagree with in this prayer/paen, there is still some verity contained. Saint Mary of Nazareth is truly Gottesmutter and gave birth to not just "the Lord," but to "God." She is worthy of a whole lot more praise and respect than is usually afforded her by contemporary Lutheranism. Much the pity.
And, oh.... Saint Cyril is one tough, brass-nuckled theologian for the "smack-down" he layed on Nestorius the weasel.