WE ARE HER BELOVED ONES

Steven Lochner (c, 1400/10–51), “Madonna of the Rose Bower”
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne
Courtesy Yorck Project and Wikimedia Commons

She is the candle and the flame
Holy Mary is her name,
She is the mother of the Lamb
Call her Mother Miriam

If you are entombed, afraid
If you summon her for aid
She will answer with her gift—
Love’s compassion sure and swift

To her love I testify
When I thought that I would die
She answered with a certain sign
Love of a maternal kind

She is the mother of the Lord
Pierced by grief as if a sword,
Those who grieve her daughters, sons,
We are her beloved ones

(August 22 is the Feast of the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin as Queen of Heaven and Earth.)