Monday, September 15, 2008

The Humility of the Mother of God

And what matter for surprise is it that God, Who is said and Who is seen to be "wonderful in his saints," has shown Himself still more wonderful in the His Mother? O all ye who are engaged in the married state, look with admiration on the incorruption of the the flesh in corruptible flesh! Ye consecrated virgins, wonder at this alliance of virginity and motherhood! Children of Adam all, imitate the humility of God's mother! And do you, O holy angels, honour the Mother of your King whilst you adore the Child of our Virgin, Him Whom both you and we acknowledge as our Sovereign Lord, Who is the Redeemer of our race and the Restorer of our city. To the Same, with us on earth, let us all unite in showing the reverence which his Majesty requires, and the honour and glory which is due to His condescension both now and forevermore. Amen.
from a "Sermon on the Virgin Mother" by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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