The day of the most holy Purification, as I was confined to bed after a severe illness, and as I was troubled in my mind about daybreak, fearing that my corporal infirmity would deprive me of the Divine visit with which I had been so often consoled, on the same day the august mediatrix, the Mother of God, the true Mediator, consoled me by these words: “As you never remember to have endured more severe corporal sufferings than those caused by your illness, know also that you have never received from my Son more noble gifts than those which now be given to you, and for which your sufferings have prepared you.”
-St. Gerturde the Great
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
And the Word was made Flesh:
And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Your Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord.