WE HONOUR YOU, O MARY

Saint Cyril of Alexandria 382-444 AD
We honour you, O Mary,
Mother of God,
treasure of the universe,
inextinguishable flame,
crown of virginity,
sceptre of the true faith,
indestructible temple,
Tabernacle of the one whom
the world cannot contain,
and Mother and Virgin.
In your virginal womb
you enclosed the immense and
incomprehensible One.
Through you the Trinity is glorified
and the cross is celebrated and adored
everywhere on earth.
Through you the heavens exult with joy,
the angels and archangels are glad,
demons are put to flight,
the demon tempter is cast out of heaven,
and our fallen nature has again
been assumed into heaven.
It is through you that the only-begotten Son of God,
who is the Light,
shone amid the nations
who were seated in darkness and the shadow of death.
What human voice can ever worthily celebrate
the ineffable greatness of Mary?
She is Mother and Virgin
at the same time.
Through her peace has been restored to the world.
What peace?
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
whom Mary has brought forth!
Photo: Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Guido Reni 1580
Virgin and Child with angel musicians
by Paolo Veronese (Caliari)
Coronation of the Virgin Mary Giovanni Lanfranco

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