Daily sing to Mary

Friday, March 04, 2016

 Daily sing to Mary
St. Casimir (1458-1482)

St. Casimir was born into the Polish  nobility and was third among 13 children  in line to be a king.   He was very intelligent and well educated but also highly disciplined and dedicated to prayer and life-long celibacy.
The nobles in the neighboring country, Hungary, wanted to overthrow their king and prevailed upon Casimir’s father to send his 15 year old son, Casimir with an army to take over the country and reign as their king.  When he got his army to Hungary, he found it was totally inadequate such that some of the troops deserted knowing they could not win the war.  At the advice of his officers, he returned home much to the disappointment of his father who confined Casimir for 3 months for his failure. He became a conscientious objector and became known as “The Peace-maker.”    He  returned to study and prayer and kept his vow of celibacy even though he was offered the emperor’s daughter in marriage. He was a charismatic person who was noted for his charity. sense of justice  and piety.  He fasted and wore a hair-shirt in an atmosphere of luxury and magnificence.  He was a generous alms giver and ministered to the sick in whom he saw the suffering Christ.  He was called “Father of the poor.”  He did become king briefly taking the place of his father during an absence from Hungary.  He died of lung trouble at age 23 while visiting Lithuania, of which he was the Grand Duke.  He had a great love for the Eucharist and for Mary.  He frequently sang this song to Mary- a copy of which was buried with him. This is the first and last of five verses.

Bernard of Cluny (1140)
Daily, daily sing to Mary; sing my soul her praises due.
All her glorious actions cherish, with the heart’s devotion true.
Lost in wond’ring contemplation, be her majesty confessed!
Call her Mother, call her Virgin, Happy Mother, Virgin blest!

All our joys do flow from Mary;  All then join her praise to sing.
Trembling sing the Virgin Mother, Mother of our Lord and King.
While we sing her awesome glory, far above our fancy’s reach,
Let our hearts begin to offer love the heart alone can teach.

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