Here is part of a prayer to Mary, by St Anselm of Canterbury: ‘Mary, great Mary, most blessed of all Marys, greatest among all women, great Lady, great beyond measure, I long to love you with all my heart, I want to praise you with my lips, I desire to venerate you in my understanding, I love to pray to you from my deepest being, I commit myself wholly to your protection’.

This mediaeval theologian built on the foundation already laid, to give us a true and rich devotion to the Theotokos, the Mother of God.

May she in turn pray for us, and may her Son bless us this day.