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Orthoxproseuche-Orthodoxy-Orthopraxis–Right Prayer, Right Belief, Right Action

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Mother of Mercy, Day by Day
Fr. Frederick W. Faber, 1851 Traditional Melody,
Catholic Church Hymnal with Music‎,
1905, p. 171
1. Mother of Mercy, day by day
My love of thee grows more and more;
Thy gifts are strewn up on my way,
Like sands upon the great seashore;
Like sands upon the great seashore.
2. Though poverty and work and woe
The masters of my life may be,
When times are worst, who does not know,
Darkness is light with love of thee?
Darkness is light with love of thee?
3. But scornful men have coldly said
Thy love was leading me from God;
And yet in this I did but tread,
The very path my Saviour trod;
The very path my Saviour trod.
4. They know but little of thy worth
Who speak these heartless words of thee;
For what did Jesus love on earth,
One half so tenderly as thee?
One half so tenderly as thee?
5. Get me the grace to love thee more;
Jesus will give if thou wilt plead;
And, Mother, when life’s cares are o’er,
Oh, I shall love thee then indeed;
Oh, I shall love thee then indeed.
6. Jesus, when His three hours were run,
Bequeathed thee from the Cross to me;
And Oh, how can I love thy Son,
Sweet Mother, if I love not thee?
Sweet Mother, if I love not thee?

St. Bernard says: “Mary had no fault of her own, and far from her most innocent heart was repentance.” Of what could the heart of Mary repent when she had never admitted into it anything worthy of penance? Therefore, her pure heart was not the haunt of the devil, nor the sepulcher of vice. Rather, it was a garden and a paradise of the Holy Ghost, according to that word of the Canticle of Canticles: “A garden enclosed is my Sister, my Spouse.”

“A garden,” says St. Jerome, “a garden of delights, in which were planted the seeds of all virtues, and the perfume of virtue.” St. Bonaventure, Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning
F. W. Weatherell (1915) Liebster Immanuel
Harmonization by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
1. Mary Immaculate,
Star of the Morning,
Chosen before the cre-
ation began,
Chosen to bring, in the
light of thy dawning,
Woe to the serpent and
res_-cue to man:
2. Here in an orbit of
shadow and sadness,
Veiling thy splendor, thy
course thou hast run;
Now thou art throned in all
glory and gladness,
Crowned by the hand of thy
Sav_-iour and Son.
3. Sinners, we worship thy
sinless perfection;
Fallen and weak, for thy
pity we plead;
Grant us the shield of thy
sov’reign protection;
Measure thine aid by the
depth_ of our need.
4. Frail is our nature and
strict our probation,
Watchful the foe that would
lure us to wrong;
Succor our souls in the
hour of temptation,
Mary Immaculate,
ten_-der and strong.
5. See how the wiles of the
serpent assail us,
See how we waiver and
flinch in the fight:
Let thine immaculate
merit avail us,
Make of our weakness a
proof_ of thy might.
6. Bend from thy throne at the
note of our crying,
Bend to this earth which thy
footsteps have trod:
Stretch out thine arms to us
living and dying,
Mary Immaculate
Mo_-ther of God.


Chosen by the Eternal Father, outside of time, God truly creates the “idea” of the Immaculate Conception, ex nihilo, with no other model, completely unexpected to the Angels. (This is “before” the creation of “the one unworthy of mention” which was ejected from the throne the Lord places under her feet.)
And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail. And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
When God revealed this sign in aeviternity to the angels, it was their test, failed by one of three, irrevocably with full foreknowledge and without possible extenuating circumstances.


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Lovely Lady dressed in blue,
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
Tell me what to say!
2. Did you lift Him up, sometimes,
Gently on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way
Mother does to me?
3. Did you hold His hand at night?
Did you ever try
Telling stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?
4. Do you really think He cares
If I tell Him things
Little things that happen? And
Do the Angels’ wings—
—Make a noise? And can He hear
Me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now?
Tell me, for you know.
6. Lovely Lady dressed in blue,
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
And you know the way. Amen.

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