Madonna and Child with the young Saint John - by CORREGGIO - from Museo del Prado, Madrid
The Novena is Nine (9) Days-of-Prayer for Special Graces,
and had its Origin in the Nine (9) Months, Our Lord was in His Blessed Mother's Womb,
from the Incarnation (25 Mar), to the Nativity (25 Dec).
"Mystical-Rose" - Of Mary, it is said in the Sacred Canticles, that she was the Enclosed-Garden-of-God, "My Sister, My Spouse, is a Garden Enclosed" - Canticles 4:12. Saint Bernard 'Writes', "that Our Lord Planted all the Flowers which Adorn the Church, in this Garden; and amongst others the Violet-of-Humility, the Lily-of-Purity, and the Rose-of Charity". "A Rose is Red, and of a Fiery Color", says Blessed-Raymond-Jordano, "which Denotes Love-of-God and our Neighbor"; therefore, on-account-of the Ardent Love with which the Heart-of-Mary was always Inflamed toward God and us, she is Called a Rose. And where can we find an Advocate who is more-Earnest in the Affair-of our Salvation, or who Loves us more than Mary? "We acknowledge", 'Says' Saint-Augustine of her, "that One alone, is Solicitous for us in Heaven".
- Second Meditation -
"Tower-of-David" - Mary is 'Called' in the Sacred Canticles, the Tower-of-David: "Thy Neck, is as the Tower-of-David, which is Built with Bulwarks; a Thousand Bucklers hang-upon it, All the Armor-of Valiant Men" - Canticles 4:4. Saint-Bernadine 'Says', that the Tower-of-David Stood-on-High, that is, on Zion; therefore Mary is 'Called' the Tower-of-David, to 'Denote' the Height-of-Perfection, of this Great Creature: "As Zion was a very Elevated Spot, so was the Blessed Virgin most 'Exalted'". Therefore of Mary, it is 'Said' in the Psalms, that the very Beginning-of her Sanctity, was more-Exalted, than the Mountains: "The Foundations thereof, are the Holy Mountains" - Psalms 86:1. Saint-Gregory 'Explains' it to Mean, that the Divine Mother was more Holy in the First Moment of her Life, than any of the Saints were at the Moment of their Death.
- Third Meditation -
"Tower-of-Ivory" - Thus is Mary also 'Called', "Thy Neck as a Tower-of-Ivory" - Canticles 7:4. Mary is also 'Called' a Neck; for she is the Mystic Neck, through which the Vital Spirits, that is, the Divine Help which 'Preserves' in us the Life-of-Grace, are 'Transmitted' from Jesus Christ the Head, to us the Faithful, who are Members of the Mystical-Body-of-Christ. Saint-Bernardine 'Says', "The Life-giving Graces, Flow from Christ-the-Head, Through the Blessed Virgin, into His Mystical Body". The Saint then 'Adds', "that from the Time when Mary 'Conceived' the Incarnate Word, she Received the Great Honor from God, that no one should Receive any Grace, otherwise than Through her Hands". In Fine', Ivory is Greatly Esteemed, and is Strong. Hence the Abbot-Rupert Writes-of Mary , that "as a Tower-of-Ivory she is Beloved-by God, and Terrible-to the Devil".
The Neck neither Adds-to, nor Subtracts-from,