Sunday, June 24, 2007

A prayer of St. Bernard to Our Lady

I just found this prayer in the book, The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, here's it, "beautifulness" :) :

O Mary! thou art the only woman on whom the Saviour of the world has poured the treasures of his grace without measure; hence we are taught to honour thy chaste womb as the temple of God, wherein he was pleased to begin the great work of our redemption, the reconciliation of God with man. Thou, O mother of God, art that spiritual garden, whose fruit is never gathered by the hands of sinners. Thou art that hallowed soil where God has planted all the flowers which adorn his church, and amongst the rest, the holy virtues of humility, purity and charity, which are greater ornaments to the souls of men than violets, lilies and roses are to the earth. Thou art the paradise of God, whence flows the stream of living water to moisten the earth. Oh, what benefits were bestowed on the world through thee, when thou wast selected to be the fortunate channel of so many graces!

Ejaculatory prayer: Hail! our life, our sweetness and our hope! Dearest Mother Mary Dear.

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)



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