"God shall come manifestly; our God, and shall not keep silence." -- xlix. 3.

"See you how He proceeds gradually to open His Word, and reveal the treasure, and emit a more cheerful ray, saying, God shall come manifestly? Why, when was He not present manifestly? At His former advent. For He came without noise, hidden from the many, and for a long time escaping observation. Why do I speak of the many? Whereas, not even the Virgin who conceived Him knew the ineffable Mystery, nor even His brethren believed in Him, nor he who appeared to be His father formed any great opinion of Him."*

"As a fruitful olive-tree in the house of God." -- li. 10.


"Mary was the fruitful olive-tree in the house of the Lord, from which the Holy Ghost took the branch of the Lord's body, brought it to the tempest- tossed race of man, and auspiciously announced peace from heaven."++

"God hath spoken in His Holy One." -- lix. 8.

"The Father in the God Man, of whom Gabriel said to Mary: The Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God."**

"Holy is Thy temple." -- lxvi. 5.

"That Man in whom dwelleth the fulness of the Godhead: of whom was said to Mary: The Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God, when the Lord about to assume flesh was to take up His abode in her."||

"The earth hath yielded her fruit." -- lxvi. 7.

"The earth is holy Mary, of our earth, of our seed, of this clay, of this mould of Adam. Earth thou art, and to earth shalt thou go. This earth hath yielded her fruit. What she lost in paradise, she hath found in her Son. First she yielded the flower. He saith too in the Canticle of Canticles: I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys. That flower then has become fruit, that we may eat of it, that we may feed upon His flesh. Would you know Who is this fruit? A Virgin from a Virgin: the Lord from a handmaid: God from man: a son from a mother: fruit from earth."***

"The earth hath yielded her blessings: surely it is that virgin, not as yet watered by rains, nor fertilised by showers, from which man was first formed of old. Whence now Christ has been born of the Virgin according to the flesh."+++

* S. Augustine, in Ps. xlix. vol. v. p. 225.

+ Gen. viii. 10, 11. Eccli. xxiv. 19.

++ S. Proclus, De Virg. Laud. Orat. vi. 17. Ap. Galland. T. ix. p. 647.

** Brev. in Psalt. in loc. Int. Opp. S. Hieron.

|| Ibid.

*** Ibid.

+++ Tertullian, Contr. Judaeos, cap. 13.



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