We have devoutly admired and loved thee, O Mary! during these days which have shown us all the glory of thy divine Maternity, which gave joy to all heaven and earth. Thy ineffable happiness, O Mother of God! has been a long feast to us. Thou hast affectionately welcomed us at the Crib of thy Divine Son; thou has received us as brethren of thy Jesus. Accept once more the tribute of our humble thanks. We are no longer to see our Emmanuel resting in thine arms, or sleeping on thy bosom. The decrees of his heavenly Father call him to the great work of our Redemption, and later on, to the sacrifice of his life for our sake. O Blessed Mother! the sword is already in thy heart; thou fore-knowest the future of the blessed Fruit of thy womb. May our fidelity in following him through the coming mysteries of his public life bring some alleviation to the sorrows of thy maternal Heart! Amen.
The Liturgical Year - Epiphany, Bk 3
by Dom Prosper Granger O.S.B.
ANDREA BOCELLI (HQ) AVE MARIA (SCHUBERT)