Donald R. McClarey

Mary Our Contemporary

“Mother of God,” the wanderer said, “I am but a common king, Nor will I ask what saints may ask, To see a secret thing. “The gates of heaven are fearful gates Worse than the gates of hell; Not I

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Saint Athanasius on Mary, Mother of God

  O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall I compare you, O Virgin? You are greater

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Holy Mary, Mother of God

And he saw in a little picture, Tiny and far away, His mother sitting in Egbert’s hall, And a book she showed him, very small, Where a sapphire Mary sat in stall With a golden Christ at play. It was

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