It was beautiful for Mary that she should speak peace,
for she sowed peace for those far and near.
She was as a treasure full of peace for all mankind;
great peace was hidden in her for those who were at enmity.
She offered peace as also she had received peace,
from on high, which was for the whole world.
Peace was spoken profusely from her mouth;
it was fitting for the blessed one to proclaim it
- Saint Jacob of Serug from his 'Homily on St Mary the Mother of God when she went to Elizabeth to see the truth which was told to her by Gabriel'.