Morningstar and Light of the World,
You became Incarnate as man
in the womb of your humble servant, Mary.
You, through whom the universe was created—
Flaming nebulae and flashing waters,
Gleaming goldfinches, glowing birches--
you began your earthly course,
in the dark interior of a chaste Virgin.
At the annunciation of this miracle,
Mary responded in faith:
"let it be done to me
according to your word."
May we who are made new creatures
by your grace,
respond with such faith,
when you call us to your service.
May we who are redeemed
by Your sacrifice,
bear You, Lord Jesus, into the world,
with Mary’s same love and courage.