Monday, 13 August 2012

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday 15th August is the Church's Principal Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Church. We give thanks that Mary, Seat of Wisdom, leads the joyful hymn of heavenly praise to her Son.


Into his joy, the Lord has received you,
Virgin God-bearer, Mother of Christ.

You have beheld the King in his beauty,
Mary, daughter of Israel.

You have made answer for the creation,
To the redeeming will of God.

Light, fire and life, divine and immortal,
Joined to our nature you have brought forth,

That to the glory of God the Father,
Heaven and earth might be restored.
-OSB West Malling Abbey

Our Lady of Haddington


Sing of Mary, pure and lowly,
Virgin mother undefiled,
Sing of God's own Son most holy,
Who became her little child.
Fairest child of fairest mother,
God the Lord who came to earth,
Word made flesh, our very brother,
Takes our nature by his birth.

Sing of Jesus, son of Mary,
In the home at Nazareth.
Toil and labour cannot weary
Love enduring unto death.
Constant was the love he gave her,
Though he went forth from her side,
Forth to preach, and heal, and suffer,
Till on Calvary he died.

Glory be to God the Father;
Glory be to God the Son;
Glory be to God the Spirit;
Glory to the Three in One.
From the heart of blessed Mary,
From all Saints the song ascends,
And the Church the strain reechoes
Unto earth's remotest ends.
-Fr Palmer SSJE

Virgin and Child, Imogen Stuart, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin