Friday, February 11, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes

Rejoice, flower of incorruptibility;
Rejoice, crown of continence!
Rejoice, Thou from whom shineth the Archetype of the Resurrection;
Rejoice, Thou Who revealest the life of the angels!
Rejoice, tree of shining fruit, whereby the faithful are nourished;
Rejoice, tree of goodly shade by which many are sheltered!
Rejoice, Thou that has carried in Thy womb the Redeemer of captives;
Rejoice, Thou that gavest birth to the Guide of those astray!
Rejoice, supplication before the Righteous Judge;
Rejoice, forgiveness of many sins!
Rejoice, robe of boldness for the naked;
Rejoice, love that doth vanquish all desire!
Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

-- Romanos the Melodist

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