Poor and Lowly, Forever Blessed

Quotes and Hymns in honor of the
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.
— Saint Augustine

Ave Maris Stella

Mary must be known and openly revealed by the Holy Spirit so that Jesus may be known and loved through her. — Saint Louis de Montfort

Sing of Mary

I declare with the saints: Mary is the earthly paradise of Jesus Christ the new Adam, where he became man by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish in her wonders beyond our understanding. She is the vast and divine world of God where unutterable marvels and beauties are to be found. She is the magnificence of the Almighty where he hid his only Son, as in his own bosom, and with him everything that is most excellent and precious. What great and hidden things the all-powerful God has done for this wonderful creature, as she herself had to confess in spite of her great humility, “The Almighty has done great things for me.” The world does not know these things because it is incapable and unworthy of knowing them.
— Saint Louis de Montfort

After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of His Mother Mary.
— Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri

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Come down, O Love Divine

Pentecost Prayer of the Day: Hymn by Bianco da Siena

Come down, O love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Praise the Paschal Victim

Midieval Easter Hymn (still in use today):
Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal victim
offer your thankful praises!

A lamb the sheep redeemeth:
Christ, who only is sinless,
reconcileth sinners to the Father.

Death and life have contended
in that combat stupendous:
the Prince of life, who died,
reigns immortal.

Speak, Mary, declaring
what thou sawest, wayfaring:

“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
the glory of Jesus’ resurrection;

“Bright angels attesting
the shroud and napkin resting.

“Yea, Christ my hope is arisen
to Galilee he will go before you.”

Christ indeed from death is risen
our new life obtaining;
have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

Amen.