I refuse, out of principle, to comment today on Saint Cyril of Alexandria. Instead, I offer a passage from Saint John, the Golden Mouth. At the moment I cannot tell you where in Chrysostom this can be found, for I found it undocumented (sort of like so many of the dishwashers and prep cooks I have worked with in the restaurant business). The source does seem trustworthy to me, but even if you don't wish to trust it, then just ponder the words, no matter who said them:
"You envy the opportunity of the woman who touched the vestments of Jesus, of the sinful woman who washed his feet with her tears, of the women of Galilee who had the happiness of following him in his pilgrimages, of the Apostles and disciples who conversed with him familiarly, of the people of the time who listened to the words of grace and salvation which came froth from his lips. You call happy those who saw him...But, come to the altar and you will see him, you will touch him, you will give to him holy kisses, you will wash him with your tears, you will carry him within you like Mary Most Holy."