(Thanks Monica J., for the gift of this picture, and your friendship)
Loving Mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before. You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners.
(Alma Redemptoris Mater-Mother of the Redeemer)