The time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son. Luke 2:6-7
Sweet mother of Emmanuel,
... in bearing Christ,
"You are the spiritual altar
of the divine victim,consecrated to God." (St. Germanus of Constantinople)
Tender woman whose hands
... fed the Child, since he was yours,
... gave bread to the Table of Life,
you are "the table that carries life,
supplying not only loaves of proposition,
but the bread of heaven." (St. John of Damascus)
Mary, you are an ark of the covenant,
... hewn by God's design,
... ciborium of the Most Holy,
You are "the celestial tabernacle." (George the Hymnist)
"He who has his throne in the heavens,and his footstool on earth, is contained in a womb." (Andrew of Crete)
Singing, we sing like you, joyful mother,
... Rejoice, O Life of the Mystical Banquet,
... Rejoice, holy Vessel overflowing with joy!
"Tabernacle of God the Word," hold Him!
"Ark that the Spirit has gilded," enclose Him!"Rejoice, Inexhaustible Treasure of Life!" (The Akathistos Hymn)
Most sorrowful Mother, you gave us your Son,
... watched him in his agony,
... comforted him at the cross.
"Ordained Virgin, you offer your son." (Bernard of Clairvaux)
You "posses priesthood: equal, eminently." (St.Albert the Great)In mothering, you give us Him, our Eucharist.
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