As we enter into the third and final part of the Assisi Virtual Pilgrimages, I offer you a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mother of God written by St. Francis of Assisi.

Hail, O Lady, Holy Queen, God’s Holy Mother Mary!  You have been made the Virgin Church and chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven.

You has he consecrated with His most holy beloved Son and the Holy Spirit the Paraclete.

In You there has been, and  is, all fullness of Grace, and all that is good.

Hail His Palace!  Hail His Tabernacle!  Hail His Dwelling Place!

Hail His Garment!  Hail His Handmaid!  Hail His Mother!

And (hail) all you holy Virtues [in her] which by the grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit are poured forth into the hearts of the faithful, that from faithless souls you virtues may make them faithful to God!



Resource: The Writing of St. Francis trans. Ignatius Brady O.F.M (Edizione Porziuncola: Assisi, Italy), 2010.