|Our Lady of Sorrows|
|The Coronation of Mary by the Trinity|
as Queen of Heaven and Earth
|Defeating the Serpent|
"No man is delivered or preserved from the world-wide snares of Satan save through Mary; and God grants His graces to no one except through her alone."
~ Saint Germanus ~
|Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant,|
holding her Maker within
The Lesson is taken from a Sermon by St. John of Damascus
This day the holy and animated Ark of the living God, which had held within it its own Maker, is borne to rest in that Temple of the Lord, which is not made with hands. David, whence it sprang, leapeth before it, and in company with him [here St. John of Damascus lists the nine choirs of angels] the Angels dance, the Archangels sing aloud, the Virtues ascribe glory, the Principalities shout for joy, the Powers make merry, the Dominions rejoice, the Thrones keep holiday, the Cherubim utter praise, and the Seraphim proclaim its glory.
|David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant|
|The choirs of angels rejoicing at |
Mary's entrance into heaven as their Queen
From her true life had flowed for all men, and how should she taste of death? But she yielded obedience to the law established by him to whom she had given birth, and, as the daughter of the old Adam, underwent the old sentence, which even her Son, who is the very Life Itself, had not refused ; but, as the Mother of the living God, she was worthily taken by him unto himself.
|Hail Holy Queen|
Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope