2 February 2008
"Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day"
This is one of my favourite hymns. It was written by Justin Mulcahy and it first appeared in a hymnal in 1963. Perfectly expands on the maxim "To Jesus through Mary."
Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the Gate, Christ the Heav’nly Way!
Mary the Root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the Grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the Wheat-sheaf, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the Rose-Tree, Christ the Rose Blood-red!
Mary the Font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the Chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple’s Lord;
Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the Mother, Christ the Mother’s Son.
Both ever blest while endless ages run.
*The Japanese vision of the ever-blessed Virgin Mother of God and her Son is from this site commemorating the Martyrs of Japan.