Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mary the Dawn

I love Mary, and my feelings for her lie somewhere between the extremes expressed by some of my Catholic friends and by too many of my Protestant friends. This devotion (from the Dominican Sisters of Summit) I think rightly navigates the extremes, presenting Mary's right position as the great herald of her Son.
Mary the dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the gate, Christ the Heavenly Way!

Mary the root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!

Mary the wheat, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the stem, Christ the Rose blood-red!

Mary the font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the cup, Christ the Saving Blood!

Mary the temple, Christ the temple’s Lord;
Mary the shrine, Christ the God’s adored!

Mary the beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!

Mary the mother, Christ the mother’s Son
By all things blessed while endless ages run.


Cami said...

Just as Oswald Chambers wrote that our hearts should be His personal Bethlehem, I would like to "be" Mary in having a heart of willingness, of "whatever You would do unto me, Lord, do it." This is to be honored in Mary, this heart of "whatever," of total submission. This is a lovely piece, Prof.

I.I. said...

I like "His personal Bethlehem."

Keith said...

I share your viewpoint. Mary's 'yes' to all that would follow deserves its own degree of reverence.