FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
"WITHOUT controversy, great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh."
Since it pleased God to regard "the lowliness of His handmaiden," well may we regard her with loving reverence.
Whereto shall we liken this Blessed Mary Virgin, Fruitful shoot from Jesse's root graciously emerging?
Lily we might call her, but Christ alone is white; Rose delicious, but that Jesus is the one delight; Flower of women, but her Firstborn is mankind's one flower;
He the Sun lights up all moons through their radiant hour.
"Blessed among women, highly favored," thus Glorious Gabriel hailed her, teaching words to us:
Whom devoutly copying we too cry "All hail!"
Echoing on the music of glorious Gabriel.