Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Prayer Before Zurbaran's "Childhood of the Virgin"



Blessed are you, Child Mary, our sister.
Blessed are you, Child Mary, who danced on the temple steps.
Blessed are you, Child Mary, given entrance to the Ark of the Lord.
Blessed are you, Child Mary, whose face wakes up my heart.
Blessed are you, Child Mary, full of spiritual nobility.
Blessed are you, Child Mary, living in the World of Peace.


Child Mary, are you sewing a cloth to be placed on the altar?
Child Mary, is your cloth to remind me of Jesus' shroud?
Child Mary, already sitting as if on a throne.
Child Mary, whose lap will be Jesus' throne on earth.
Child Mary, serene in harmony with God.
Child Mary, bright against the darkness.


Rejoice, young Mary, the shawl of our rebellion falls from you.
Rejoice, young Mary, your heart is enlightened.
Rejoice, young Mary, taking delight in God.
Rejoice, young Mary, already pure hearted.
Rejoice, young Mary, whose refuge is in God.
Rejoice, young Mary, you see; you know.


Little daughter, I am silent and still with you.
Little daughter, speak on my behalf at the judgment day.
Little daughter, far from the lower world.
Little daughter, whose fingers are locked in prayer.
Little daughter, already anticipating the heavenly message.
Little daughter, teach me to pray.


Happy are you, young Mary, as God stirs forth from his holy dwelling.
Happy are you, young Mary, the old order is passing away.
Happy are you, young Mary, attentive in solitude.
Happy are you, young Mary, listening in silence.
Happy are you, young Mary, in close union with God.
Happy are you, young Mary, infinitely loved by God.


Dear sister, direct me to heaven's higher things.
Dear sister, give me a fresh awareness of God.
Dear sister, what do you see in the gaze of your prayer?
Dear sister, being formed as Christ's disciple in interiority and silence.
Dear sister, God's dwelling is with the human race.
Dear sister, an abundance of love.


Blessed are you, Mary, in your joyful spirit.
Blessed are you, Mary, first to share in God's new self-gift.
Blessed are you, Mary, blessed in your believing.
Blessed are you, Mary, I see the flame of Pentecost in your dress.
Blessed are you, Mary, whose dress is royal red.
Blessed are you, Mary, God will take his humanity from you.


Young Lady, whose purpose is discerned from afar.
Young Lady, you awaken faith in Christ in us.
Young Lady, you'll bear Christ by the Spirit, so he can be conceived  in my heart.
Young Lady, you'll be the Mother of the Prince of Peace.
Young Lady, may I find joy in children.
Young Lady, with you, I am a Child of God.


Rejoice, little girl, whose face is turned towards the Light.
Rejoice, little girl, whose soul is open to the interests of God.
Rejoice, little girl, Mother of the Flesh of Jesus, in whom God walks with us.
Rejoice, little girl, in union with the Source of all peace and joy.
Rejoice, little girl, God is making all things new.
Rejoice, little girl, keeping the Word of God and pondering it in your heart.


Childhood of Mary, in solidarity with little girls aborted.
Childhood of Mary, in solidarity with girls enslaved.
Childhood of Mary, in solidarity with little girls exploited.
Childhood of Mary, in solidarity with girls terrified in war.
Childhood of Mary, in solidarity with girls left un-educated.
Childhood of Mary, in solidarity with little girls thrown away.


Alleluia! Alleluia!
Great is your happiness, O holy Virgin,
you are worthy of the highest praise;
For from you arose the sun of justice,
Christ our God.
Alleluia!

Mass for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Zurbaran, Francisco (1598-1664) Childhood of Mary
Photo Credit: Scala / Art Resource, NY







4 comments:

  1. This is just such a beautiful Litany to a young Mary. She sits there so innocently with all the foreshadowing in place. So ready to serve God for all humankind.

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  2. Oh this Mary is so precious. It is as though she is looking heavenward and listening in humble acceptance.

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  3. The face of Mary, in the painting done by Zurbaran looks like the older Mary in the painting "The Moment" by Henry Tanner. Its Mary as a child then what she looked like as a young girl. I can't wait to see what she looks like. I think these paintings are close.

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  4. Father,

    You did it again. I thought your Presentation of Mary post was special (my wedding anniversary). Now I see this post and like Anonymous above, I see Mary at the Incarnation in Tanner's light-filled classic and I also see in her countenance a younger Guadalupe.

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Three_Faces_of_Eve%3F.png

    That is one incredible litany.

    We will pray it during Advent.

    Pax et bonum.





    See what I mean

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