Ave Maria Meditations
Rejoice, all-holy Virgin, so filled with wondrous grace,
conceived without a blemish, without a sinful trace.
For you received beforehand, when you first came to be,
The merit of Christ’s passion, His grace that sets us free.
Rejoice, all-holy Virgin, prepared for fame renowned,
The Temple of the Most High, in you the Lord is found.
You are the boast of Zion, the ark of finest gold,
The holy of all holies, the throne of Him foretold.
Rejoice, all-holy Virgin, predestined in delight,
In beauty you were chosen and blameless in His sight.
For in the time of fullness to bring all things as one
The Lord bestowed His Wisdom as Jesus Christ your Son.
Rejoice, all-holy Virgin, humanity’s new Eve,
As Mother of the Living, all grace you did receive.
You bore the Mighty Victor to crush the serpent’s head,
To Him be ev’ry honor, and ev’ry praise be said.
Rejoice, all-holy Virgin, and magnify the Lord,
The Father, Son, and Spirit, the Three and One adored.
We join your song of praises to Him whom you believed
And ever call you blessed, in holiness conceived.
Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.