MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT AMBROSE


May the life of Blessed Mary be ever present to our awareness. 

In her, as in a mirror, 
the form of virtue and beauty of chastity shrine forth.
She was virgin, 
not only in body, 
but in mind and spirit.
She never sullied the pure affection 
of her heart by unworthy feelings.
She was humble of heart.
She was serious in her conversations.
She was prudent in her counsels.
She was preferred to pray rather than to speak.
She united in her heart the prayers of the poor
And avoided the uncertainty of worldly riches.
She was ever faithful to her daily duties,
Reserved in her conversations, 
and always accustomed to recognize God 
as the Witness of her thoughts.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.

Amen.

*Aurelius Ambrosius, better known in English as Saint Ambrose, was an archbishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century 337-397 AD

photo:Madona zbraslavská (1350-1360) by unknown

The Madonna of Zbraslav or the Zbraslav Madonna is one of the best known and most popular Marian paintings from medieval Bohemia. 

The picture was intended for the Cistercian abbey in Zbraslav near Prague, founded by king Wenceslaus II in imitation of the royal necropolis of Saint Denis near Paris. Elisabeth of Bohemia, mother of Emperor Charles IV was also buried in the monastery, therefore some art historians believe that the painting might be Charles' gift to the monastery. 

The painting was painted by an unknown artist in Prague between 1340–1350 and it was originally placed in the former church of the Zbraslav Monastery. After this church was destroyed during the Hussite Wars, it was placed in the parish church of St James the Great in Zbraslav. Since 1987 the Zbraslav Madonna has been lent to the National Gallery in Prague by the local Roman-Catholic church

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