Wednesday, December 4, 2013

HWP: Mary, the Virgin made Church

In this Advent season we continue the holy work of preparing our hearts, homes, and lives for the coming of the Lord. And what better way to prepare than by meditating for a moment on the Woman who bore Him unto us the first time, Mary. So let us pray this beautiful little prayer to Mary attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:
Hail, O Lady,
Holy Queen,
Mary, holy Mother of God,
Who are the Virgin made Church,
chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven
whom he consecrated with His most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is
all fullness of grace and every good.
Hail His Palace!
Hail His Tabernacle!
Hail His Dwelling!
Hail His Robe!
Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!
And hail all You holy virtues
which are poured into the hearts of the faithful
through the grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,
that from being unbelievers,
You may make them faithful to God.