The Life of the Virgin Mary by Rainer Maria RilkeThe German poet Rainer Maria Rilke began work on these poems in 1900 with three short pieces, while he was engaged in The Book of Hours, but it wasnt completed until 1911. The impulse for it may have come from his memory of Russian icons depicting the Mother of God. This slight work has the framework of a biblical narrative and charts the unfolding of the divine drama, culminating in Marys assumption into heaven. A feeling of reverence pervades the sequence of thirteen poems. Although he did not hold any orthodox beliefs, as a poet he was of the firm conviction that his work was dictated from above. One can read in the wonder and mystery conveyed in the poems Rilkes belief in the presence of a transpersonal wisdom to which every man has access, and which mediates between the ego and the Higher Self. Christine McNeill is a poet--Kissing the Night--and translator, and works as a tutor of German. The Waxwing Series.
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In the Catholic Church , the veneration of Mary, mother of Jesus , encompasses various Marian devotions which include prayer, pious acts, visual arts, poetry, and music devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The term " Mariolatry " is a Protestant pejorative label for perceived excessive Catholic devotion to Mary.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Poems from the Heart
Mary, precious is thy name More than any other Borne by mortal ; for it came From our Savior's mother! Mary pillowed on her breast Jesus, once, in infant rest : Now her name, in sacred lines Traced by inspiration, shines. Then, another Mary sought Her beloved Master, Where he "sat at meat ; " and brought, Sealed in alabaster, Costly ointment for his head ; Brake the box, and o'er him shed Precious odors, like a cloud Rising, while to him she bowed. Still on earth she ever lives, Young in sacred story ; Whilst on high to Christ she gives Endless praise and glory. Here she "sat at Jesus' feet," Listening to his precepts sweet ; Now she stands with hosts above, Singing his redeeming love. Near the cross, when Jesus bled. Stood the Marys, weeping ; Earliest to his tomb they sped, Where they thought him sleeping.
When God turned back eternity and was young, Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth As under the low arch the land is bright Peered through you, gate of heaven — and saw the earth. Or shutting out his shining skies awhile Built you about him for a house of gold To see in pictured walls his storied world Return upon him as a tale is told.
Add to list. Blessed Virgin Mary A mother of pure love, watching over us with the angels up above. Oh Mother of pure mercy and grace, We're humbled by the gentleness on your face. Blessed are you among women, through you was made known the savior of all man. Mother of Jesus Christ the King, our joyous hearts to you we sing. Your divine love and light, your unconditional love for everyone shine so bright.
Bridget of Sweden The devotion to her Seven Sorrows is directed toward seven poignant moments in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Here are some of those moments in poetry. Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought.