Francis of Assisi happily took his
place in the long succession of generations that have called the Virgin
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
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.
HOLY LADY, MOST HOLY QUEEN,
Mary, the all-holy
ever-virgin Mother of God,
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.