Francis of Assisi happily took his place in the long succession of generations that have called the Virgin Mary blessed. His first biographer tells how he sang special hymns to her, pouring out prayers to the Mother of God so many and so great that no human tongue could recount them.
Eight centuries later, the followers of St. Francis are still
singing his exuberant Lady-praises, which the CATECHISM can expand into
a concise summary of the Churchís Marian doctrine.
HAIL, HOLY LADY, MOST HOLY QUEEN,
The One whom she
conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
is the place where the glory of the Lord dwells.
was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin
with the Holy Spirit,
her whole being, Mary is the handmaid of the Lord.