The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Holy Virgin of Virgins

“Blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28). Mary, ever virgin, is the blessed among women, of whom the prophet Isaias, some seven hundred years prior to her day, announced: “Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel” (Isaias 7:14). “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32,33). In God’s own time, He sent the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, to announce to her, that she should conceive in her womb and bring forth a son. “How shall I become a mother,” said Mary to the Angel, “for I have consecrated myself to God; I have taken a vow of virginity; I wish to continue faithful to my promises; I am a virgin, and I desire to remain a virgin!” How Mary loved her virginity! How she cherished the beauty of her pure soul! She preferred the loveliness of her most chaste heart to the honor albeit wondrous, of becoming the Mother of God, if she should lose it, even though it be to enjoy such a glorious privilege.

Mary was the first of all women to consecrate her virginity to God. Without being bound by any precept, counsel or example, she made the offering of herself to the Almighty, and in so doing, became the Virgin of Virgins, the Mother of Virgins, who, following her example, take upon themselves to live in this holy, happy and exalted state.

It was only on the condition that she should remain a virgin, that Mary would give her consent to become the Mother of the Saviour. The Angel assured her that she would remain a virgin always, for: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, and, therefore, also the Holy One who shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:36).

With the assurance that she would not place in jeopardy her virginity, the Virgin of Virgins exclaimed: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be. it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). Mary conceived and brought forth a Son, without the loss of her virginity. Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, was born of her, having regard to her virginity, wherein she eclipsed the purity of the Angels.

“I am,” says the Virgin Mary, prefigured by the spouse of the Canticles, “the flower of the field, and the lily of the valleys” (Canticle 2:1).

Of her, it is said, in the book of Wisdom: “She is a vapour of the power of God, and a certain pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty God, and, therefore, no defiled thing comes into her.”

“For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of His goodness” (Wisdom 7:25,26).

For she is the Immaculate from her Conception. She is without spot, the fairest flower of the field, the whitest and purest lily of the valleys.

This is the Virgin spoken of by the Prophets, whose beauty of body and soul dims tbe loveliness and purity of the brightest angels. She is the Virgin before whom the archangel prostrated himself. She is that Virgin of Virgins whom all generations shall call blessed.