‘Mary the dawn, Christ the Perfect Day. Mary the gate, Christ the Heavenly Way! Mary the root, Christ the Mystic Vine. Mary the grape, Christ the Sacred Wine! Mary the wheat, Christ the Living Bread. Mary the stem, Christ the Rose Blood-red! Mary the font, Christ the Cleansing Flood. Mary the cup, Christ the Saving Blood! Mary the temple, Christ the temple’s Lord. Mary the shrine, Christ the God Adored! Mary the beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest. Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision Blest! Mary the mother, Christ the mother’s Son. By all things blest, while endless ages run’.

May the words of this beautiful poem accompany you this day, and bring our Blessed Mother close to you. May her Son also bless you richly.