CANTICLES IN HONOR OF MARY by ST. BONAVENTURE (4)

The picture is a Greek Catholic icon depicting...

The picture is a Greek Catholic icon depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus. The icon was painted in the end of the 18th century as part of the iconostasis of the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdúdorog, Hungary. Mary’s icon is one of the three icons that top the whole iconostasis, part of the so called Golgotha scene. Mary is standing on the left side of Jesus’ cross. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A CANTICLE LIKE THAT OF MARY (EXOD. XV)

Let us sing to Our Lady, the glorious Virgin Mary: let us bless her in
hymns and praises.

The name of Our Lady is omnipotent after that of God: she hath cast the
chariot of Pharaoh and his army into the sea.

Thy right hand, O Lady, is magnified in strength: because in the multitude
of thy mercies thou hast prostrated mine adversaries.

Thou hast delivered me, O Lady, from the mouth of the lion: and as the
mother her new-born infant hast thou received me.

O my most dear Lady: like the hen, cover me with thy wonderful protection.

I am all thine: and all my things are thine, Virgin blessed above all.

I will place thee as a seal upon my heart: because thy love is strong as
death.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

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