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The Holy Name of Mary

Feast of Our Lady.

It is said: The Virgin's name was Mary. Let us speak a few words upon this name, which by way of interpretation is Star-of-the-sea, and suiteth well the Virgin Mother, who may very meetly be likened unto a star. For a star giveth forth her rays without any harm to herself, and the Virgin brought forth her Son without any hurt to her virginity. The light of a star taketh nothing away from the star itself, and the birth of her offspring took nothing away from the virginity of Mary. She is that noble star which was to come out of Jacob, whose brightness still sheddeth lustre upon all the earth, whose rays are most brilliant in heaven, and shine even unto hell, lighting up earth midway, and warming souls rather than bodies, fostering good and scaring away evil. She, I say, is a clear and shining star, twinkling with excellencies, and resplendent with example, needfully set to look upon the surface of this great and wide sea.

O Thou (whosoever thou art) that knowest thyself to be not so much walking upon firm ground, as battered to and fro by the gales and storms of this life's ocean, if thou wouldest not be overwhelmed by the tempest, keep thine eyes fixed upon this star's clear shining. If the hurricanes of temptation rise against thee, or thou art headed for the rocks of trouble, look to the star, call upon Mary. If the waves of sin toss thee, look to the star, call upon Mary. If the billows of anger or avarice, or the enticements of the flesh beat against the ship of thy soul, look to Mary. In danger, in difficulty, or in doubt, think on Mary, call upon Mary.

From a sermon by Saint Bernard the Abbot


GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we thy faithful people, who rejoice in the Name and in the advocacy of the most holy Virgin Mary; may by her loving intercession be delivered upon earth from all evil, and attain in heaven to everlasting felicity. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1423, 1424

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