come and live in your servants

Maria gravida, Anonymous, c. 1410 Hungary, via Wikimedia Commons

O Jesus living in Mary,
come and live in your servants,
   in the spirit of your sanctity,
   in the fullness of your strength,
   in the reality of your virtues,
   in the perfection of your ways,
   in the communion of your mysteries,
be Lord over every opposing power,
   in you own Spirit,
to the glory of the Father.

Jean-Jaques Olier, 1608-0657, French Catholic priest, helped found Montreal
Seasons of Devotion, slightly updated


And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

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