1 God chose to be our mother in all things ♦
and so made the foundation of his work,
most humble and most pure,
in the Virgin’s womb.
2 God, the perfect wisdom of all, ♦
arrayed himself in this humble place.
3 Christ came in our poor flesh ♦
to share a mother’s care.
4 Our mothers bear us for pain and for death; ♦
our true mother, Jesus,
bears us for joy and endless life.
5 Christ carried us within him in love and travail, ♦
until the full time of his passion.
6 And when all was completed
and he had carried us so for joy, ♦
still all this could not satisfy
the power of his wonderful love.
7 All that we owe is redeemed in truly loving God, ♦
for the love of Christ works in us;
Christ is the one whom we love.