R. The root of jesse gave out a branch, and the branch a flower; and on the flower resteth the holy Spirit.
V. The Virgin Mother of God is the branch, her Son the flower. And on the flower resteth the holy Spirit.
The Virgins womb, a meadow verdant in an endless spring, has brought forth a flower, whose beauty will never droop, whose freshness will never fade. O Virgin, branch sublime, to what a height art thou grown! Even up to Him that sitteth on the throne, even to the Lord of majesty. It was sure to be so, for thou fastest deep down the roots of humility. O plant of heaven indeed! precious above all, holier than all. O tree of life indeed! alone worthy to bear the fruit of salvation.