Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Novena for Mary's Birthday

Please join in nine days of prayer to prepare a birthday present for Mary...
It's the highest form of technology: the use of the human faculties to communicate with our Maker in Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

You might wish to spend some time in meditating on the Gospels by means of that very scientific method called the Holy Rosary... or choose your own method.

You might also like to ponder this wonderful poem of Chesterton:
"A Little Litany"

When God turned back eternity and was young,
Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth
(As under the low arch the land is bright)
Peered through you, gate of heaven - and saw the earth.

Or shutting out his shining skies awhile
Built you about him for a house of gold
To see in pictured walls his storied world
Return upon him as a tale is told.

Or found his mirror there; the only glass
That would not break with that unbearable light
Till in a corner of the high dark house
God looked on God, as ghosts meet in the night.

Star of his morning; that unfallen star
In the strange starry overturn of space
When earth and sky changed places for an hour
And heaven looked upwards in a human face.

Or young on your strong knees and lifted up
Wisdom cried out, whose voice is in the street,
And more than twilight of twiformed cherubim
Made of his throne indeed a mercy-seat.

Or risen from play at your pale raiment's hem
God, grown adventurous from all time's repose,
Of your tall body climbed the ivory tower
And kissed upon your mouth the mystic rose.
[from GKC's The Queen of Seven Swords]


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