Sunday, January 19, 2003

A research request from a reader:

I am in the process of writing something in honor of the Annunciation. I am looking for a quotation from St. Bernard of Clairvaux. He wrote a series of sermons that have been collected under the title of "The Gospel of the Annunciation." I believe one of them is called, "In Praise of the

Virgin Mother." Anyhow, in his mystical prayer, he was speaking to Mary during the interval between Gabriel asking her if she would be the mother of God, and

her answer. St. Bernard reflects that we really don't know how much time elapsed before she gave her "fiat." Bernard said something to the effect,"oh beautiful, lady, all the angels in heaven await your answer. Do not keep us all waiting any longer."I know I read that somewhere, maybe in the Magnificat. Can anyone help me

with the complete quotation? With any leads on how to locate this work of St. Bernard's?

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