Come, let us adore the King our Lord, who is to come.
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
Let your hearts be filled with hope and joy at hearing this fair and sweet prophecy: A Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son. These words contain the salvation of the world, as these others express its perdition: 'The woman took of the fruit of the tree, and did eat, and gave unto her husband.'
This Virgin promised to us has at length come: the divine Fruit is in her womb.
O Emmanuel, God with us, Christ the Son of God, who didst announce that thou wouldst be born of a Virgin, and didst, as Lord, create Mary, the Mother whose Son thou art: grant us, that being, like her, created by thee out of nothing, we may be rewarded, like her, for our faith in thee. Amen.
The Liturgical Year
Dom Prosper Guéranger O. S. B.
Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1867.