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A Marian Litany

Shrine of the Blessed Virgin MaryO Lovely rose of Sharon’s plain,
Pure lily of the field,
Thou beauteous garden all inclosed,
The Spirit’s Fountain sealed—
O pray for us!

The honor of thy people, thou,
Fair Paradise of God,
The glory of Jerusalem
And Jesse’s blooming rod—
O pray for us!

Thou blossoming wilderness of God,
Thou Virgin pure of birth,
Fair temple of the Trinity,
The pearl of priceless worth—O pray for us!

Dear Lady of the Eucharist,
The dawn of Christ’s bright day,
Our light, our sweetness, and our guide,
To Him, the Truth, the Way—
O pray for us!

Thou Magnet of the hearts of men,
The hope of sinful souls,
Dear Handmaid of the Lord Most Hight,
Whose word His grace controls—
O pray for us!

But Mother—name all names above,
And wondrous gift to thee!—
That we may love thee always, now
And in Eternity,
O pray for us!

Originally published in Thoughts for You and Me, 1925

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Sister Mary Viola Burke

Sister Mary Viola Burke was a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She lived from 1885 to 1968. Sister Mary Viola ministered as a teacher, college administrator and poet.

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