“O loving Mother of our Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Hasten to aid thy fallen people who strive to rise once more.
Thou who brought forth thy holy Creator, all creation wond’ring,
Yet remainest ever Virgin, taking from Gabriel’s lips
that joyful “Hail!”: be merciful to us sinners.”
– Marian antiphon sung at this time of year.
This statue is in the Dominican church of St Vincent Ferrer in New York.
Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.