Mary's Little Office

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This Happy Mother

In Honor of The Blessed Virgin
(St. Peter Damian)

   May all earth and heaven be glad and resound with the praises which are sung to the maternity of the Virgin. 
   Yea, this Virgin, Mother of the Word, is made the gate of heaven; she gave God to the world, and, by this, opened heaven to us.
   This happy Mother of Jesus conceived him without humiliation, and bore him without a moan; such a Mother could not be under the law put on Eve.
   O that rich treasure of Mary's womb! it held the price which purchased our redemption, setting us free from the yoke of our debt.
   The Son of the eternal Father dwelt within her; the Holy Ghost overshadowed her; what is such a Virgin's womb but a new-made heaven?
   To thee, Most High, who wast born of the Virgin, be praise! Honor ineffable be to the Father, and to the Holy Spirit.

by Dom Prosper  Granger O.S.B.
London, 1867

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