Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Rosary Sunday, Vespers I

The envoy of the Heavenly Court,
Sent to unfold God’s secret plan,
The Virgin hails as full of grace,
And Mother of the God-made Man.

She then to see John’s mother goes,
Who with her the same lineage shares,
He, leaping in his mother’s womb,
The presence of the Christ declares.

The Word, who from the Father’s Mind
Came forth before Creation’s dawn,
From His pure Virgin Mother’s womb,
A mortal Infant now is born.

The Child is to the Temple brought,
The Lawgiver the Law obeys,
The Saviour is redeemed, His price
As Victim, a poor offering pays.

His Mother, who had mourned Him lost,
With joy now in the Temple finds
Her Son, of truths they had not learned,
Holding discourse with learned minds.

Jesus, to Thee be glory given,
Whom erst the Virgin Mother bore,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
For endless ages evermore. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England