Mary the Dawn, Christ the perfect day

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Our Lady of the Sign

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-sheaf, Christ the living Bread;
Mary the Rose tree, Christ the Rose blood-red.
Mary the Font, Christ the cleansing Flood;
Mary the Chalice, Christ the saving Blood.
Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple’s Lord;
Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored.
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision blest.

– Anonymous Medieval Hymn
(Taken from Draft Rule of the Sodality of Mary)


This hymn has been a real source of reflection and blessing for me over the last few days – I post it here, just to commend it as a wonderful, ancient part of our tradition worth spending some time with. 

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