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Chapter 12. Mary: The Church’s First and Most Perfect Member • 149

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant, Israel,

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children forever.

Liturgy of the Hours

; cf. Lk 1:46-55



Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone

who fled to your protection,

implored your help or sought your

intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto you,

O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother.

To you we come. Before you we kneel, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions,

but in your clemency, hear and answer them. Amen.

—St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Hail Mary, full of grace!