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Queen of Martyrs

With reason is Mary called the Queen of Martyrs, for her martyrdom in the death of her Son on the cross exceeded the sufferings of all the martyrs. There stood by the cross of Jesus His Mother. Mothers fly from … Continue reading

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Help of Christians

St. John Camascene calls Mary “the prepared and always ready help of Christians, by which they are delivered from dangers.” The help of Mary is, as St. Cosmas of Jerusalem writes, “all-powerful to deliver us from sin and hell.” St. … Continue reading

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Comforter of the Afflicted

St. Germanus says, “O Mary, who, after thy Son, is as solicitous for the whole human race as thou art? Who protects us in our trials as thou dost?” Who, O Mary, watches over our interests as thou dost? Who … Continue reading

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Refuge of Sinners

Thus is Mary called by St. Germanus; he says, “She is the ever-ready refuge of sinners.” Yes, of all sinners; for, as the Abbot of Celles says, “She can despise no sinner, but receives all, and welcomes all, the moment … Continue reading

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Morning Star

St. John Damascene calls Mary “the Star which indicates the rising of the sun.” As the morning star precedes the sun, so does devotion towards the most Blessed Virgin precede the sun of divine grace; for St. Germanus says that … Continue reading

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Gate of Heaven

Mary is called the “Gate of Heaven,” because, as St. Bonaventure declares, “no one can enter heaven unless by Mary, as though a door.” Our Queen says, My power is in Jerusalem. Richard of St. Lawrence adds: “Commanding what I … Continue reading

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Ark of the Covenant

Hesychius calls Mary an ark more spacious than that of Noah, for in the ark of Noah only two animals of every kind were received, but under the mantle of Mary the just and sinners find place. This was one … Continue reading

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