Respice Stellam, Voca Mariam!

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Ecce Ancilla Domini

On this feast day of the Most Holy Name of Mary, I would like to share with you an inspiring homily by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. It is included in the Matins readings for today and is part of a larger sermon on the Annunciation:

The verse of the evangelists ends thus: “And the virgin’s name was Mary.” Let us say a few words upon this name also. The word “Mary” means “Star of the Sea,” Which seems to have a wonderful fitness to the Virgin Mother.

For she is fitly compared to a star; for just as a star sends forth its ray without injury ot itself, so the Virgin, remaining a virgin, brought forth her Son. The ray does not diminish the clearness of the star, nor the Son of the Virgin her virginity. She is even that noble star risen out of Jacob, whose ray enlightens the…

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