The Madonna teaching her Christ child in prayer ©2018 Alfred Eaker
Ave Maria by Hildegard of Bingen
Behold, Mary, you who increase life, who rebuilds the path,
You who confused death and wore down the serpent,
To you Eve raised herself up, her neck rigid with inflated arrogance.
You strode upon this arrogance
while bearing God’s Son of Heaven,
through whom the spirit of God breaths.
O gentle and loving Mother, I behold you.
For Heaven released into the world that which you brought forth.
This one, through whom the spirit of God breaths.
Glory to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
And to this one, through whom the spirit of God breaths.