Holy Virgin, Help Me to Receive Jesus from the Spirit
Holy Virgin, I beg you:
enable me to receive Jesus from the Spirit,
according to the same process
by which you bore Him.
May my soul possess Christ,
thanks to the Spirit
through Whom you conceived Christ.
May the grace to know Jesus
be granted to me through the Spirit
Who enabled you to know how to possess Jesus
and bring him forth.
May my littleness show forth
the greatness of Christ
in virtue of the Spirit
in Whom you recognized yourself
as the handmaid of the Lord,
desiring that it be done to you
according to the word of the angel.
May I love Christ in the Spirit
in whom you adored Him as your Lord
and looked after Him as your son.
–St. Ildefonsus of Toledo (d. 667)
[SOURCE: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions. Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996.]
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