Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Feast Of The Immaculate Conception

Alleluia, alleluia!
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!
     Blessed art thou among women.

                    Luke 1:28


                                                       "...I say that we are wound
                                                         With mercy round and round
                                                         As if with air: the same

                                                     Is Mary, more by name.       
                                                     She, wild web, wondrous robe,
                                                         Mantles the guilty globe,
                                                         Since God has her dispense
                                                         Her prayers his providence:
                                                         Nay, more than almoner,
                                                         The sweet alms’ self is her
                                                         And men are meant to share
                                                         Her life as life does air."

                                                                                               The Blessed Virgin compared
                                                                                           to the Air we Breathe

                                                                                                         Gerard Manley Hopkins

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