Crown of the Virgin: An Ancient Meditation on Mary’s Beauty, Virtue, and Sanctity

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In this beautiful, moving, and ornate literary portrait, St. Ildephonsus imaginatively and lyrically fashions a magnificent crown for the Blessed Virgin Mary, decorated with twelve radiant jewels, six brilliant stars and six fragrant flower blossoms. Each of these is interpreted as representing a particular aspect of the beauty, beneficence, virtue, or sanctity of the Blessed Virgin. Read a sample of St. Ildephonsus’ meditation. Hardcover,  144 pages, 5″ x 7″.

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In this book, St. Ildephonsus of Toledo provides a powerful, imaginative and lyrical set of meditations on the Immaculate Mother of God, reflecting on her splendor, beauty and sanctity.  This publication is the first translation into English of a Latin work, entitled Libellus de Corona Virginis, or “The Little Book on the Crown of the Virgin.”

Traditionally, it has been ascribed to St. Ildephonsus of Toledo, a great monk, abbot and bishop of the 7th century, St Ildephonsus contributed powerfully to the dissemination of the doctrine of the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady in Western Europe, and to the popularization of fervent Marian devotion in Spain. In this beautiful, moving and ornate literary portrait, the author imaginatively and lyrically fashions a magnificent crown for the Blessed Virgin Mary, decorated with twelve radiant jewels, six brilliant stars and six fragrant flower blossoms. Each of these is interpreted as representing a particular aspect of the beauty, beneficence, virtue or sanctity of the Blessed Virgin.

A perfect companion for guiding daily devotion to the Mother of Mercy and the Queen of Heaven, each chapter reveals a new and scintillating glimpse into the glories of Mary, sure to inspire the heart of the reader with ever more ardent devotion to the Mother of God, the vessel of all graces and the paradigm and perfection of every virtue. As a guide to meditation and a catalyst for prayer, the Crown of the Virgin is an illuminating mirror of the beauty and splendor of the one who is herself the refulgent and immaculate image of her Divine Son.

Contents of the Book

  1. On Why a Crown Is Fitting for Our Lady
  2. The Precious Topaz
  3. The Morning Star, Sirius
  4. The Carnelian Gemstone
  5. The Radiant Lily Flower
  6. The Precious Chalcedony
  7. The Star Arcturus
  8. The Precious Sapphire
  9. The Aromatic Crocus Flower
  10. The Iridescent Agate Stone
  11. The Star of the Sea
  12. The Jasper Stone
  13. The Rose of Spring
  14. The Precious Ruby
  15. The Sun
  16. The Emerald
  17. The Violet
  18. The Amethyst
  19. The Bright and Refulgent Moon
  20. The Peridot Gemstone
  21. A Sunflower
  22. The Precious Gold-Green Jade
  23. The Star Orion
  24. The Gemstone Beryl
  25. The Daisy Flower
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Weight 350 g
Dimensions 23.5 × 16 × 6 cm

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