St Bernard’s devotion to the Mother of God is well known, and the image shows him with the final words of the Memorare, a text which is attributed to him.

He also said: ‘In dangers, in hardships, in every doubt, think of Mary, call out to Mary. Keep her in your mouth, keep her in your heart. Follow the example of her life, and you will obtain the favour of her prayer. Following her, you will never go astray. Asking her help, you will never despair. Keeping her in your thoughts, you will never wander away. With your hand in hers, you will never stumble. With her protecting you, you will not be afraid. With her leading you, you will never tire. Her kindness will see you through to the end. Then you will know by your own experience how true it is that the Virgin’s name was Mary’.

May St Bernard pray for us; may we stay close to Our Lady this day, and be richly blessed in doing so.