More treasures from A Book of Marian Prayers
From St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)
A Song to Holy Mary
O splendid jewel, serenely infused with the Sun!
The Sun is in you as a fount from the heart of the Father;
It is His sole Word, by whom he created the world,
The primary matter, which Eve threw in disorder.
He formed the Word in you as a human being,
And therefore you are the jewel that shines most brightly,
Through whom the Word breathed out the whole of the virtues,
As once from primary matter He made all creatures.
O sweet green branch that flowers from the stem of Jesse!
O glorious thing, that God on His fairest daughter
Looked as the eagle looks on the face of the Sun!
The Most High Father sought for a Virgin’s candor,
And willed that His Word should take in her His body.
For the virgin’s mind was by His mystery illumined,
And from her virginity sprang the glorious Flower.
From St. Hadewijch (mid 13th century)
The Humility of Mary
No matter what benefits God ever conferred on us,
There was no one who could
Understand veritable Love
Until Mary, in her flawlessness,
With deep humility,
Had received Love.
Love first was wild and then was tame;
Mary gave us for the Lion a Lamb.
She illuminated the darkness
That had been somber for long ages.
The Father in the beginning
Kept his Son, Love,
Hidden in his bosom,
With a deep humility indeed,
In a mysterious way disclosed him to us.
From St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231)
To the Mother of God
Our holy Lady, glorious Mother of God,
The Queen of Heaven and our struggling race,
Exalted high above angelic choirs,
Fill up the vessel of our heart with grace.
With wisdom’s purest gold enrich our hearts,
And make them strong, intrepid with your might;
Bedeck them with your precious virtues all,
Which gleam with shining jewels, dazzling bright.
Blest Olive Tree, endued with fruit by God,
Pour out on us the balm of mercy’s oil,
That we may pardon, find, and reach our goal,
In bliss forever, after trial and toil.
May Jesus Christ, your Son, this favor grant,
For he made you over angel hosts to reign,
And crowned you with a royal diadem,
Enthroned you as the Queen of Heaven’s domain.
- Read these prayers two or three times.
- Now, consider writing your own Marian prayer. Give it a try—probably you will be surprised!
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