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.

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