April 8, 2013

Virgo Ecclesia Facta

For the feast of the Annunciation today it occurred to me to pray St. Francis's Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which contains that wonderful, mystical title of Mary, Virgin made Church:

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 Spirt,
that from being unbelievers,
You may make them faithful to God.

(FA:ED I, 163)

Ave Domina, 
sancta Regina, 
sancta Dei genetrix Maria, 
quae es virgo ecclesia facta
et electa a sanctissimo Patre de caelo, 
quam consecravit cum sanctissimo dilecto Filio suo 
et Spiritu sancto Paraclito, 
in qua fuit et est 
omnis plenitudo gratiae et omne bonum. 

Ave palatium eius; 
ave tabernaculum eius;
ave domus eius. 
Ave vestimentum eius; 
ave ancilla eius; 
ave mater eius 

et vos omnes sanctae virtutes, 
quae per gratiam et illuminationem 
Spiritus sancti infundimini in corda fidelium, 
ut de infidelibus 
fideles Deo faciatis.


Judy Kallmeyer said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.

Louis M said...

Thanks Father :)