Feast of the Visitation

Today is the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. This morning during mass the monks chanted this lovely hymn to the Mother of God:

Ave, Stillans Melle Alvearium;
Ave, Veri Salomonis Ferculum;
Ave, Verbi Dei Tu Sacrarium;
Ave, Deitatis Receptaculum,

Here it is again in English:

Hail, Beehive Dripping with Honey;
Hail, Offspring of the True Solomon;
Hail, Shrine of the Word of God;
Hail, Recepticle of the Godhead,

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.