And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
THERE IS NO ROSE
There is no rose of such vertu [virtue]
As is the rose that bare Jesu.
For in this rose conteinèd [contained] was
Heaven and earth in litel space,
Res miranda, res miranda [marvellous things].
By that rose we may well see
There be one God in persons three,
Pares forma, pares forma [equal form],
The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gaudeamus, gaudeamus [Let us rejoice].
Leave we all this werldly [worldly] mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth.
Transeamus, transeamus, transeamus [Let us pass over].
Alleluia, res miranda, pares forma, gaudeamus,
Transeamus, transeamus, transeamus.
The Holy Name of Mary
Just as the salvation of the world began with the Hail Mary, so the salvation of each individual is bound up with it. This prayer brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life, and if well said, will cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus, the Fruit of Life … The Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the earth of our soul and makes it bear its fruit in due season. The soul which is not watered by this heavenly dew beats no fruit but only thorns and briars, and merits only God’s condemnation.
We know from experience that those who show positive signs of being among the elect, appreciate and love the Hail Mary and are always glad to say it. The closer they are to God, the more they love this prayer … I do not know how this should be, but it is perfectly true; and I know no surer way of discovering whether a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves saying the Hail Mary and the rosary …
It is the perfect compliment the most High God paid to Mary through his archangel in order to win her heart. So powerful was the effect of this greeting upon her, on account of its hidden delights, that despite her great humility, she gave her consent to the incarnation of the Word. If you say the Hail Mary properly, this compliment will infallibly earn you Mary’s good will.
St. Louis de Montfort
The very wonderful Sinfonye performing the medieval hymn to Mary ‘Ther is no rose of swych vertu’, from their 1993 recording ‘Gabriel’s Greeting.’