Feast of the Assumption of Mary
Celebrated 15th August
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
It would seem Right, that on this Day-of the Assumption-of-Mary to
Heaven, the Holy Church should rather 'Invite' us to 'Mourn',
than to 'Rejoice', since Our Sweet Mother has 'Quitted' this World, and 'Left' us
'Deprived' of her Sweet Presence, as Saint Bernard 'Says':
"It 'Seems' that we should rather 'Weep', than 'Rejoice'". But no, the Holy Church 'Invites'
us to 'Rejoice': "Let us all 'Rejoice' in the Lord, 'Celebrating' a Festival in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary". And Justly, for, if we
Love our Mother, we Ought-to 'Congratulate' ourselves, more-Upon
her Glory, than On our own Private Consolation. What Son does not 'Rejoice', though on-account-of it, he has to be 'Separated'
from his Mother, if he 'Knows' that she is Going-to 'Take' Possession-of a Kingdom? Mary, on this Day, is Crowned
Queen-of-Heaven; and shall we not 'Keep' it a Festival and 'Rejoice', if we Truly Love
her? "Let us 'Rejoice' then, let us all 'Rejoice'". And that we may 'Rejoice', and be
'Consoled' the more-by her 'Exaltation', let us 'Consider',
First, how Glorious was the Triumph of
Mary, when she 'Ascended' to Heaven; and
Secondly, how Glorious was the Throne, to which
she was there 'Exalted'.
How Glorious was the Triumph of Mary,
when she Ascended to Heaven
Ark of the New Covenant
Ark of the Old Covenant
After Jesus Christ, Our Savior, had 'Completed', by
His Death, the Work-of-Redemption, the Angels ardently-Desired to 'Possess'
Him in their Heavenly Country; hence they were continually 'Supplicating'
Him in the Words-of David: "Arise, O Lord, into Thy Resting Place: Thou and the Ark, which Thou hast Sanctified" - Psalm
131:8. 'Come' O Lord, 'Come-Quickly', now that Thou hast '
Redeemed' Men; 'Come' to Thy Kingdom and 'Dwell' with us, and 'Bring' with Thee the
Living Ark of Thy Mother, who
was the Ark which Thou didst Sanctify, by 'Dwelling' in
her Womb. Precisely thus, does Saint-Bernardine make the Angels 'Say': "Let Thy
Most Holy Mother Mary, Sanctified by Thy Conception, also Ascend". Our Lord was, therefore, at-length, 'Pleased' to 'Satisfy'
the Desire-of these Heavenly Citizens, by 'Calling' Mary to Paradise. But, if it was
His Will, that the Ark-of-the-Old-Dispensation should be 'Brought' with Great Pomp into the City-of-David, "And
David, and all the House-of-Israel, 'Brought' the Ark-of-the-Covenant-of-the-Lord, with Joyful Shouting, and with Sound-of-Trumpet" - 2Kings 6:15; how much
Greater and more Glorious Pomp, did He 'Ordain' that His Mother,
should 'Enter' Heaven!
The Death of the Virgin (detail) -
by GOES, Hugo van der -
from Groeninge Museum, Bruges
The Prophet-Elias was 'Carried' to Heaven in a Fiery Chariot, which according-to
Interpreters, was no other than a Group-of-Angels, who 'Bore' him off from the Earth. "But, to 'Conduct' thee to Heaven,
O Mother-of-God", 'Says' the Abbot-Rupert, "a Fiery Chariot was not enough; the Whole Court-of-Heaven,
'Headed' by its King, thy Son, 'Went-forth' to 'Meet' and 'Accompany' thee".
Saint-Bernardine-of-Siena is of the same Opinion. He says that,
"Jesus", to 'Honor' the Triumph-of His Most Sweet Mother,
"'Went-forth' in His Glory, to 'Meet' and 'Accompany' her".
Saint-Anselm also 'Says', "that it was Precisely for this Purpose, that the Redeemer was Pleased to
'Ascend' to Heaven, Before His Mother; that is, He did so, not only to 'Prepare' a Throne for her, in that Kingdom, but also that He might Himself 'Accompany' her
with All the Blessed Spirits, and thus 'Render' her 'Entry' into Heaven, more-Glorious, and-such-as, 'Become' One who was His Mother". Hence
Saint-Peter-Damian, 'Contemplating' the Splendor-of this 'Assumption' of Mary into
Heaven, 'Says', "that we shall 'Find' it more-Glorious than the Ascension-of Jesus Christ; for, to-Meet the
Redeemer, Angels only Went-forth; but when the Blessed Virgin was 'Assumed' to-Glory, she was 'Met' and 'Accompanied' by the Lord Himself, of-Glory, and by the Whole
Blessed Company of Saints and Angels". For this Reason, the Abbot-Guarric 'Supposes' the Divine
Word thus 'Speaking': "To 'Honor' the Father, I 'Descended' from Heaven; to 'Honor' My Mother, I 'Re-ascended' there"; that
thus, I might be 'Enabled' to 'Go forth' to 'Meet' her, and Myself
'Accompany' her to Paradise.
Let us now 'Consider' how Our Savior 'Went-forth' from Heaven, to 'Meet'
His Mother. On First 'Meeting' her,
He 'Said': "Arise, make Haste, My Love, My Dove, My Beautiful One, and 'Come'. For Winter is now 'Past', the Rain is 'Over' and
'Gone'" - Canticles 2:10,11. 'Come', My Own Dear Mother,
My Pure and Beautiful Dove; 'Leave' that Valley-of-Tears, in which, for
My Love, thou hast 'Suffered'
so-much. "Come from Libanus, My Spouse, Come from Libanus, Come; thou shalt be 'Crowned'". 'Come' in
Soul and Body, to 'Enjoy' the Recompense-of thy Holy
Life. If thy Sufferings have been Great on-Earth, far-Greater is the
Glory which I have 'Prepared' for thee in
Heaven. 'Enter' then, that Kingdom, and 'Take' thy Seat near
Me; 'Come' to 'Receive' the Crown, which I will 'Bestow' upon
thee, as Queen-of-the-Universe. 'Behold', Mary already 'Leaves' the Earth, at-which
she 'Looks' with Affection and Compassion; with Affection, 'Remembering' the many Graces
she had there, 'Received'-from her Lord; and with Affection and
Compassion, because in it, she Leaves so-many Poor Children, 'Surrounded' with
Miseries and Dangers. But 'See', Jesus 'Offers' her
His Hand, and the Blessed Mother already 'Ascends'; already she
has 'Passed'-beyond the Clouds, beyond the Spheres. 'Behold' her, already at the Gates-of Heaven.
When Monarchs 'Make' their Solemn Entry into their Kingdoms, they do not 'Pass'-through the Gates-of the Capital, for they are 'Removed', to Make-way for them, on
this Occasion. Hence, when Jesus Christ 'Entered' Paradise, the Angels 'Cried'-out:
"Lift up your Gates, O ye Princes, and be ye Lifted up, O Eternal Gates; and the King-of-Glory shall Enter-in" - Psalm 23:8.
Behold, Mary already 'Enters' that Blessed Country. But on
her 'Entrance', the Celestial Spirits, 'Seeing' her so
Beautiful and Glorious, 'Ask' the Angels 'Without', as
Origen 'Supposes' it, with United Voices-of-Exultation, "Who is this, that 'Cometh'-up from the Desert, Flowing with Delights, Leaning upon
her Beloved?" - Canticles 8:5. And who can this Creature so-Beautiful be, that 'Comes'
from the Desert of the Earth; a Place of Thorns and Tribulations?
But this One 'Comes', Pure and Rich-in-Virtue, 'Leaning'-on
her Beloved Lord, Who is Graciously Pleased
Himself, to 'Accompany' her with so-Great Honor.
Who is she? The Angels 'Accompanying'
her 'Answer': "She is the Mother of our King; she is our Queen, and the Blessed One among Women; Full-of-Grace, the Saint-of-Saints,
the Beloved-of-God, the Immaculate One, the Dove, the Fairest of all Creatures". Then, All the Blessed Spirits 'Begin' to
'Bless' her and 'Praise' her; 'Singing' with far-more Reason, than the Hebrews did to
Judith: "Thou art the Glory-of-Jerusalem, thou art the Joy-of-Israel, thou art the Honor-of our People" -
Judith 15:10. Ah, Our Lady and Our Queen, thou then 'Art' the
Glory-of-Paradise, the Joy-of-our-Country, thou 'Art' the
Honor of us All; be thou ever 'Welcome', be thou ever 'Blessed'!
'Behold' thy Kingdom; 'Behold' us also, who are thy Servants,
ever Ready to 'Obey' thy Commands.
Assumption of the Virgin - (God-the-Father, God-the-Son and God-the-Holy-Spirit 'Welcome' Mary to Paradise.)
- by KNOLLER, Martin - from Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Angels 'Accompanying' her, 'Answer': "She is the Mother of our King; she is our Queen, and the Blessed One among
Women; Full-of-Grace, the Saint-of-Saints, the Beloved-of-God, the Immaculate One, the Dove, the Fairest of all Creatures".
The Work of a Mother is never Complete, until the Last of Her Children is Safely Home with Her, in Paradise.
All the Saints who were in Paradise, then 'Came' to 'Welcome'
her and 'Salute' her, as their Queen. All the Holy
Virgins 'Came': "The Daughters saw her, and Declared her most-Blessed; . . . . and they Praised her" - Canticles 6:8.
"We", they 'Said', "O Most Blessed Lady, are also Queens in this Kingdom, but thou art our Queen; for
thou wast the First to Give us the Great Example of Consecrating our Virginity to God; we all Bless and Thank thee for it". Then 'Came' the
Holy Confessors to 'Salute' her, as their Mistress;
who, by her Holy Life, had 'Taught' them so-many
Virtues. The Holy Martyrs also 'Came' to 'Salute'
her as their Queen; for she,
by her Great Constancy, in the Sorrows of her
Son's Passion, had 'Taught' them, and also by
her Merits, had 'Obtained' them
Strength, to Lay-down their Lives, for the Faith.
Saint-James, the only One of the Apostles, who was yet in Heaven, also 'Came' to 'Thank'
her in the Name-of all the other Apostles, for all the Comfort and
Help she had 'Afforded' them, while she was on-Earth. The Prophets next 'Came' to 'Salute'
her, and said: "Ah Lady, thou wast the One, 'Foreshadowed' in our Prophecies". The
Holy-Patriarchs then 'Came', and 'Said': "O Mary, it is thou who wast our Hope; for thee it was, that we 'Sighed' with
much Ardor, and for so-Long a Time". But amongst these Latter, 'Came' our First Parents, Adam and Eve,
to 'Thank' her with still Greater Affection. "Ah, Beloved Daughter", they said,
"thou hast Repaired the Injury which we Inflicted on the Human Race; thou hast Obtained for the World, that Blessing which we Lost by our Crime;
by thee, we are Saved, and for it, be ever Blessed".
Saint-Simeon, then 'Came' to 'Kiss' her Feet, and with
Joy, 'Reminded' her of the Day, when he 'Received' the Infant
Jesus, from her Hands. Saint-Zachary and
Saint-Elizabeth also 'Came', and 'Thanked' her for that Loving Visit
which, with Great Humility and Charity, she had 'Paid' them in
their Dwelling, and by which they had 'Received' such Treasures-of-Grace. Saint-John-the-Baptist 'Came' with
still Greater Affection, to 'Thank' her for having 'Sanctified' him,
by her Voice. But how must her Holy Parents, Saint-Joachim and
Saint-Anne, have 'Spoken' when they 'Came' to 'Salute' her? O God,
with what Tenderness must they have 'Blessed' her, 'Saying': "Ah, Beloved Daughter, what a Favor it was for us
to 'Have' such a Child! Be thou now Our Queen; for thou art the Mother of our God, and as such, we Salute and Adore thee".
But, who can ever 'Form' an Idea-of the Affection, with-which
her Dear Spouse, Saint Joseph, 'Came' to 'Salute'
her? Who can ever 'Describe' the Joy which the Holy Patriarch 'Felt', at 'Seeing' his
Spouse so-Triumphantly 'Enter' Heaven, and 'Made'
Queen-of-Paradise? With what Tenderness must he have 'Addressed'
her: "Ah, my Lady and Spouse, how can I ever Thank our God as I ought, for having Made me thy Spouse, thou who
art His True Mother! Through thee, I Merited to 'Assist' on Earth, the Childhood of the Eternal Word, to 'Carry' Him so-often in my Arms, and to 'Receive' so many Special
Graces. Ever Blessed be those Moments, which I 'Spent' in Life, in 'Serving' Jesus, and thee my Holy Spouse. Behold our Jesus! let us 'Rejoice' that now He no-Longer 'Lies'
on Straw in a Manger, as we 'Saw' Him at His Birth, in Bethlehem. He no-longer 'Lives' Poor and Despised in a Shop, as He Once 'Lived' with us, in Nazareth; He is no-longer
'Nailed' to an Infamous Gibbet, as when He 'Died' in Jerusalem, for the Salvation of the World; but He is 'Seated' at the Right Hand of His Father, as King and Lord-of-Heaven
and Earth. And now, O my Queen, we shall never more be 'Separated' from His Feet; we shall there, 'Bless' Him and 'Love' Him for All Eternity".
All the Angels then 'Came' to 'Salute' her; and
she, the Great Queen, 'Thanked' All for the 'Assistance' they had 'Given' her on Earth,
and more Especially, she 'Thanked' the Archangel Gabriel, who was the Happy
Ambassador, the Bearer of All her Glories,
when he 'Came' to 'Announce' to her, that she was the 'Chosen'
The Humble and Holy Virgin, then 'Kneeling',
'Adored' the Divine Majesty, and all-'Absorbed' in the Consciousness-of
her own Nothingness, 'Thanked' Him for all the Graces 'Bestowed'
upon her by His Pure Goodness, and especially for having 'Made'
her the Mother-of the Eternal Word. And then, let-him-who-can, 'Comprehend' with what
Love the Most Holy Trinity 'Blessed' her. Let him 'Comprehend'
the Welcome 'Given' to His Daughter by the Eternal Father,
to His Mother by the Son, to
His Spouse, by the Holy Ghost. The Father 'Crowned'
her by 'Imparting' His Power to her; the
Son, His Wisdom; the Holy Ghost, His
Love. And the Three (3) Divine Persons, 'Placing' her
Throne at the Right-of that of Jesus, 'Declared' her
Sovereign-of-Heaven and Earth; and 'Commanded' the Angels and
All Creatures, to 'Acknowledge' her as their/their
Queen, and as such to 'Serve' and 'Obey' her. Let us now 'Consider' how 'Exalted' was the Throne
to-which Mary was 'Raised', in Heaven!
How Exalted was the Throne,
to which she was Elevated, in Heaven.
"If the Mind-of-Man", 'Says' Saint-Bernard, "can never 'Comprehend'
the Immense Glory 'Prepared' in Heaven by God, for those who on-Earth have 'Loved' Him, as the Apostle 'Tells' us, who can ever 'Comprehend' the Glory He has 'Prepared' for
His Beloved Mother, who, more than all-Men, Loved Him on Earth; nay, even from the very First Moment of her Creation, Loved Him more than All Men and Angels,
United"? Rightly then, does the Church 'Sing', that Mary, having
'Loved' God more than All the Angels,
"the Mother-of-God has been 'Exalted' above them All, in the Heavenly Kingdom". Yes, "She was
'Exalted'", 'Says' the Abbot-Guarric, "above the Angels, so that she 'Sees' none 'Above' her, but her
Son", Who is the Only-Begotten of the Father.
Hence, it is that the Learned Gerson 'Asserts' that, as All the Orders-of Angels and Saints, are 'Divided' into
Three (3) Hierarchies (according to the Angelic Doctor and
Saint-Denis), so does Mary, of herself, 'Constitute' a Hierarchy apart,
the Sublimest of All, and Next-to that of God. And as, 'Adds'
Saint-Antoninus, the Mistress is, without-Comparison, 'Above' her Servants, so is "Mary, who is the Sovereign Lady of
the Angels, Exalted incomparably-above the Angelic Hierarchies". To 'Understand' this, we need only know what David 'Said':
"The Queen 'Stood' on Thy Right Hand" - Psalm 44:10. And in a Sermon, by an Ancient Author, among the Works-of
Saint-Athanasius, these Words are 'Explained' as Meaning that "Mary is Placed at the Right Hand of God".
It is certain, as Saint-Ildephonsus 'Says', that Mary's Good
Works, Incomparably 'Surpassed' in Merit, those of All the Saints, and therefore, her
Reward must have 'Surpassed' theirs in the same Proportion; for, "as that which she Bore was Incomprehensible,
so is the Reward which she Merited and Received, Incomprehensibly Greater than that of All the Saints". And since it is Certain, that
God 'Rewards' according-to Merit, as the Apostle Writes, "Who
will Render to every Man, according-to his Works" - Romans 2:6, it is also Certain, as Saint-Thomas 'Teaches', that the
Blessed Virgin, "who was Equal-to and even Superior-in Merit to all Men and Angels, was 'Exalted' above All the
Celestial Orders". "In Fine'", 'Adds' Saint-Bernard, "let us 'Measure'
the Singular Grace that she 'Acquired' on Earth, and then we may 'Measure' the Singular Glory, which she 'Obtained' in Heaven"; for
"according to the 'Measure' of her Grace on Earth, is the 'Measure' of her Glory in the Kingdom-of-the-Blessed".
A Learned-Author 'Remarks' that the Glory of Mary,
which is a 'Full', a 'Complete' Glory, 'Differs' in that from the Glory of other Saints in
Heaven. It is True, that in Heaven, All the Blessed 'Enjoy'
Perfect Peace and Full Contentment; yet it will always be True, that no One of them 'Enjoys' as Great a
Glory, as he could have 'Merited', had he 'Loved' and '
Served' God, with Greater Fidelity. Hence, though the
Saints in Heaven 'Desire' nothing more, than they 'Possess', yet in fact, there is Something that they could 'Desire'. It is
also True that the Sins which they have 'Committed', and the Time which they have
'Lost', do not 'Bring' Suffering; still it cannot be 'Denied' that a Greater Amount-of
Good 'Done' in Life, Innocence 'Preserved', and Time well 'Employed', 'Give' the Greatest
Happiness. Mary 'Desires' Nothing in Heaven, and has Nothing to
'Desire'. Who, amongst the Saints in Heaven, except Mary, 'Says'
Saint-Augustine, if 'Asked' if he has 'Committed' Sins, could 'Say' no?
It is Certain, as the Holy-Council-of-Trent has 'Defined', that Mary never 'Committed' any
Sin, or the Slightest Imperfection. Not only, she never
'Lost' Divine Grace, and never even 'Obscured'
it, but she never 'Kept' it Idle;
she never 'Performed' an Action which was not Meritorious;
she never 'Pronounced' a Word, never 'Had' a Thought, never 'Drew'-a-Breath, that was not 'Directed' to the
Greater Glory-of-God. In fine', she never 'Cooled' in her
Ardor, or 'Stopped' a Single Moment, in her onward-Course 'Towards' God;
she never 'Lost' anything by-Negligence, but always 'Corresponded' with Grace, with
her Whole Strength, and 'Loved' God as-much-as
she could 'Love' Him. "O
Lord", she now 'Says' to Him in Heaven,
"If I Loved Thee not as-much-as Thou didst Deserve, at least I Loved Thee as-much-as I Could".
Celestial Glory, 1Corinthians 15:41;
Hand-of-God, Photo from NASA
In Each of the Saints, there were Different Graces, as
Saint-Paul 'Says', "there are Diversities of Operations (Graces), but the same God, Who worketh all,
in all" - 1Corinthians 12:6. So that Each of them, by 'Corresponding' with the Grace he had 'Received', 'Excelled' in some
Particular Virtue - the One in 'Saving' Souls, the
Other in 'Leading' a Penitential Life; One in 'Enduring'
Torments, Another in a Life-of Prayer; and this is the Reason for
which the Holy Church, in 'Celebrating' their Festivals, says of each, "there was not Found,
One like him". And as in their Merits they 'Differ', so do they 'Differ' in Celestial
Glory: "One is the Glory of the Sun, another, the Glory of the Moon, and another, the Glory of the Stars. For Star differeth from Star,
in Glory" - 1Corinthians 15:41. Apostles 'Differ' from Martyrs, Confessors from Virgins,
the Innocent from Penitents. The Blessed Virgin, being Full-of
All Graces, 'Excelled' each Saint in every Particular Virtue;
she was the Apostle-of-the-Apostles; she was the
Queen-of-Martyrs, for she
'Suffered' more-than All of them; she was the
Standard-Bearer-of-Virgins, the Model-of-Married-People; she 'United' in herself, Perfect
Innocence and Perfect Mortification; in fine', she 'United' in
her Heart, All the most Heroic Virtues, that any Saint ever 'Practiced'.
Hence of her it was 'Said', that "The Queen Stood on Thy Right Hand, in Gilded Clothing; Surrounded with
Variety" - Psalm 44:10. For All the Graces,Privileges, and
Merits of the other Saints, were All 'United' in Mary, as the Abbot-of-Celles says,
"The Prerogatives of all the Saints, O Virgin, thou hast United in thyself".
Instantly, with Mary's Fiat, and by the Power of the Holy Spirit, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ became 'Present'
in the Most Pure Womb of the Blessed Mary. By God's Grace,
Mary, the Little Jewish Girl, is Now the:
Daughter of God-the-Father,
Mother of God-the-Son, and
Spouse of the Holy-Spirit
She 'Possessed' them in such a Degree that, as "the Splendor
of the Sun 'Exceeds' that of All the Stars United", so, says Saint-Basil-of-Seleucia, "does Mary's Glory
'Exceed' that of All the Blessed". Saint-Peter-Damian 'Adds', that "as the Light of the Moon and Stars is so
entirely 'Eclipsed' on the 'Appearance' of the Sun, that it is as-if it was 'Not', so also does Mary's Glory so far 'Exceed' the Splendor of all Men and Angels, that, so to
say, they do not 'Appear' in Heaven". Hence Saint-Bernardine-of-Sienna 'Asserts', with Saint-Bernard,
that the Blessed 'Participate' in-Part, in the Divine Glory; but that the
Blessed Virgin has been, in a Certain Way, so Greatly 'Enriched' with
it, that it would seem that no Creature could be more-closely 'United' with God, than
Mary is: "She has Penetrated into the Bottom of the Deep, and seems Immersed as-deeply-as it is possible, for a Creature in that
Inaccessible Light". Blessed-Albert-the-Great 'Confirms' this, 'Saying' that our Queen
"Contemplates the Majesty of God in Incomparably closer-Proximity, than All other Creatures". The above-Named
Saint-Bernardine moreover 'Says', "that as the other Planets are Illumined by the Sun, so do All the Blessed 'Receive'
Light, and an Increase-of-Happiness, from the Sight-of-Mary". And in another Place, he also 'Asserts' that
"when the Glorious Virgin Mother-of-God, 'Ascended' to Heaven, she 'Augmented' the Joy, of All its Inhabitants".
For the same Reason, Saint-Peter-Damien 'Says', that "the Greatest Glory of the Blessed in Heaven is,
after 'Seeing' God, the Presence-of this Most Beautiful Queen". And Saint-Bonaventure, that, "after God,
our Greatest Glory and our Greatest Joy, is Mary".
Mantel of Mary... Mother of Mercy, Pity, Help, Protection - by CHARONTON, Enguerrand - from Musée Condé, Chantilly
Let us then, 'Rejoice' with Mary, that God has 'Exalted'
her to so-High a Throne in Heaven. Let us also 'Rejoice' on our own Account; for though our
Mother is no-longer 'Present' with us on Earth, having 'Ascended' in Glory to Heaven,
yet in Affection, she is always with us. Nay, even 'Being' there Nearer-to God,
she better 'Knows' our Miseries; and her
Pity for us is Greater, while she is better-able to 'Help' us.
"Is it possible, O Blessed Virgin", 'Says' Saint-Peter-Damien , "because thou art
so Greatly 'Exalted', thou hast 'Forgotten' us in our Miseries? Ah no, God 'Forbid' that we should have such a Thought! So Compassionate a Heart, cannot but Pity our so
Great Miseries". "If Mary's Compassion for the Miserable", 'Says' Saint-Bonaventure,
"was Great when she Lived-upon Earth, it is far Greater now, that she 'Reigns' in Heaven".
Let us, in the Mean Time, 'Dedicate' ourselves to the Service of this Queen, to
'Honor' and 'Love' her, as-much-as we can; for as
Richard-of-Saint-Lawrence 'Remarks', "She is not like other Rulers, who 'Oppress' their Vassals with Burdens and Taxes;
but, she 'Enriches' her Servants with Graces, Merits, and Rewards". Let us also 'Entreat' her in the Words of the
Abbot-Guarrie: "O Mother-of-Mercy, thou who Sittest on so-Lofty a Throne, and in such Close Proximity to God, 'Satiate'
thyself with the Glory of thy Jesus, and Send us, thy Servants, the Fragments that are left". Thou dost now Enjoy the Heavenly
Banquet-of the Lord; and we, who are still on-Earth, as Dogs under the Table, 'Ask' thy
Father-Silvano-Razzi 'Relates' that a Devout Ecclesiastic, and Tender Lover of our Queen
Mary, having 'Heard' her Beauty Greatly 'Extolled', had a Most Ardent Desire Once,
to 'See' his Lady; and therefore, with Humble Prayers, 'Begged' this Favor. The Clement
Mother 'Sent' him Word, by an Angel, that she would 'Gratify' him, by 'Allowing' him to
'See' her; but on this Condition, that after 'Seeing' her, he should 'Remain'
Blind. He 'Accepted' the Condition. Behold, One Day the Blessed Virgin
'Appeared' to him; but that he might not 'Remain' quite Blind, he First 'Wished' to 'Look' at
her, with One Eye only; but afterwards, 'Overcome' by the Great Beauty of
Mary, he 'Wished' to 'Contemplate' her with both; whereupon the
Mother-of-God 'Disappeared'. 'Grieved' at having Lost the
Presence-of his Queen, he could not 'Cease' Weeping, not indeed for his
Lost Eye, but because he had not 'Seen' her with both. He then 'Began' to
'Entreat' her again, that she would once more 'Appear' to him, being quite Willing, for this Purpose,
to Lose the other Eye, and 'Become' Blind. "Happy and Contented shall I be,
O my Lady", he said, "to become Wholly Blind for so Good a Cause, which will Leave me more than ever 'Enamored' of thee, and of thy
Beauty". Mary was Graciously 'Pleased' once more to 'Satisfy' him, and again 'Consoled' him with
her Presence; but because this Loving Queen can never Injure any one,
she not only did not 'Deprive' him of the Sight of the Other Eye, but even 'Restored' him the
One he had Lost.
O Great, Exalted, and most Glorious Lady, 'Prostrate'-at the Foot-of thy Throne, we 'Adore' thee from this Valley-of-Tears. We 'Rejoice' at thy Immense Glory,
with-which Our Lord has 'Enriched' thee; and now that thou art 'Enthroned' as Queen-of-Heaven and Earth, ah 'Forget' us not, thy Poor Servants. Disdain not,
from the High Throne on-which thou 'Reignest', to 'Cast' thine Eyes-of-Mercy on us Miserable Creatures. The nearer thou art to the Source-of-Graces,
in the Greater Abundance canst thou 'Procure' those Graces for us. In Heaven thou seest more-Plainly our Miseries; hence thou must 'Compassionate' and 'Succor'
us the more. Make us thy Faithful Servants on Earth, that thus we may One Day 'Bless' thee in Heaven. On this Day, on which thou wast 'Made' Queen-of-the-Universe,
we also 'Consecrate' ourselves to thy Service. In the midst-of thy so Great Joy, 'Console' us also by 'Accepting' us as thy Servants. Thou art, then, Our Mother.
Ah, Most Sweet Mother, Most Amiable Mother, thine Altars are 'Surrounded' by many People; some 'Ask' to be 'Cured' of a Disorder, some to be 'Relieved' in their
Necessities, some for an Abundant Harvest, and some for Success in Litigation. We 'Ask' thee for Graces more-Pleasing to thy Heart; 'Obtain' for us that we may be
'Humble', 'Detached' from the World, 'Resigned' to the Divine Will; 'Obtain' us the Holy Fear of God, a Good Death, and Paradise. O Lady, 'Change' us from Sinners
into Saints; 'Work' this Miracle, which will 'Redound' more to thy Honor, than if thou didst 'Sight' to a Thousand Blind Persons, or didst 'Raise' a Thousand from
the Dead. Thou art so Powerful with God, we Need only 'Say' that thou art His Mother, His Beloved One, His Most Dear One, 'Filled with His Grace. What can He ever
'Deny' thee? O Most Beautiful Queen, we have no Pretensions to 'See' thee on Earth, but we do 'Desire' to 'See' thee in Paradise; and it is thou who must 'Obtain'
us this Grace. For it we Hope, with Confidence.