"By the woman here (Rev. 12) we may also understand the Blessed Virgin Mary, because she is the Mother of the Church, for she brought forth Him who is the Head of the Church, and is herself the daughter of the Church, since she is the greatest member of the Church."
-St. Ambrose, Expositio Apocalypsis, (int. Opp. S. Ambrosii, ad Apoc. xii. 4)