Litany for the Ordinary

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This beautiful litany from Irene Zimmerman's book Woman Unbent begins by calling Mary the queen of the ordinary. This litany is easily used with students and adults, and it offers a beautiful perspective on the image of Mary as mother.

Mary, queen of the ordinary--
queen of spinning wheel and loom
who wove from ordinary stuff
the flawless fabric of
God's humanness;
queen whose pregnancy
put Joseph's other plans aside
and sent his saw singing
into cradlewood;
queen of water jars daily filled,
of swaddling clothes spread outdoors
to dry, of scrubbed floors
and everlastingly sawdusty son;
queen of skinned knees,
splintered fingers,
aching stomach, fevered head,
herbal teas;
queen of fresh-baked bread
whose wheaty power
put flesh on growing boy
and joy at evening meal--
Mary, queen of ordinary time and space,
thank you for your ordinary grace.


Saint Mary's Press book excerpt © 2000 Saint Mary's Press. Permission is granted for this book excerpt to be freely used for classroom or campus ministry purposes; however, it may not be republished in any form without the explicit permission of Saint Mary's Press. This book is currently out of print.

Published February 29, 2000.