Loving Mother of our Saviour, Hear thou thy people’s cry Star of the deep and portal of the sky! Mother of Him who thee made from nothing made. Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid: Oh, by what joy which Gabriel brought to thee, Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.
- Alma Redemptoris Mater, the Marian antiphon from the first Sunday of Advent until Candlemas
The Bible makes no reference to Mary’s childhood. The Koran however recounts a few stories from Mary’s early life, including her living in the Temple in Jerusalem:
Thereupon her Lord accepted her with a gracious acceptance, and made her grow up in a worthy fashion, and He charged Zachariah with her care. Whenever Zachariah visited her in the sanctuary he would find provision with her. He said, ‘O Mary, from where does this come for you?’ She said, ‘It comes from God. God provides whomever He wishes without any reckoning.’ (Surah Aal-e Imran 3:37)
Virgin mother of Christ, you conceived God. You shining star of the sea: protect us and take care of us. While you bear and rejoice, the hosts of heaven sing your praises. Intercede sweetly for us, Virgin Mary.
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin finds its ultimate justification in the unfathomable and free will of God who, being eternal and divine charity (1 John 4:7-8, 16), accomplishes all things according to a loving design.
He loved her and did great things for her (Luke 1:49). He loved her for His own sake, and He loved her for our sake, too; He gave her to Himself and He gave her also to us.