“A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” (Song 4:12).
It is ST. Mary, the pure bride, the enclosed garden full of virtues that decorate her, and a sealed fountain, out of which we received the living water, our Lord Christ. (Isa 12:2,3; John 4:10; John 6:35)
This is what we say in our praises: “O Virgin Mary, the wise Mother of God, the garden of fragrance, the holy fountain of the living water. The fruit of your womb came and save the world and He abolished all enmity” (Friday-Theotokia)
•This verse leads us to the first virtue in this enclosed garden i.e. her ever virginity
She is unique among people that her virginity had been kept after giving birth to our Lord Jesus. It is the same meaning intended by the prophet Ezekiel’s revelation about the shut east gate, as the Lord said to him: ”This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut”. (Eze 44:2) Thus, the virginity of ST. Mary is the greatest level of virginity.
•Virginity is the character of the heavenly creatures and heavenly life (Mk 12:24,25). This is what ST. Paul indicated in his epistle saying: “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first born who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect” (Heb 12:22,23).
The heavenly kingdom is the eternal residence of these who kept their purity and virginity, and the heavenly life that of purity, holiness and chastity. Let us try to have purity and virginity of mind before that of the body, and to live the life of repentance, because repentance converts the adulterants into virgins.