On this last day of the month of May, the Catholic Church commemorates the Queenship of Mary. I had planned to post a lighthearted Marian poem or song, when I happened to check Rorate Caeli, and read an obituary of a ninety-five year old Benedictine nun who had recently died, and is to be buried today. Her name was Sister…
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The Kitchen Madonna
“‘In my home, Ukrainian home,’ said Marta, ‘We make a good place. In the corner, there’ and she showed an angle of the room. ‘A place on top of cupboard, perhaps, or perhaps on shelf. Little place but it holy because we keep there Our Lady and Holy Child.'” ~Rumer Godden, from The Kitchen Madonna I was looking at…
Angelus ad Virginem
On this seventh day of the month of Our Lady, I am posting a medieval poem in Mary’s honor which is titled, Angelus ad Virginem. This delightful ode to our Queen dates to the thirteenth century; and is notable for the fact that its authorship is unknown. The Angelus ad Virginem is based on the prayer, the Hail Mary; and I…