“O holy Virgin Mary, tell us, your children
of your love on earth for your Son and God.
Tell us how your spirit rejoiced in God Your Savior,
Tell us of how you did look upon His fair countenance,
and reflect that this was He
Whom all the heavenly hosts wait upon in awe and love.
Tell us what your soul felt when you did bear
the wondrous Babe in your arms.
Tell us of how you did rear Him,
how, sick at heart, you and Joseph sought Him
three long days in Jerusalem.
Tell us of your agony
when the Lord was delivered up to be crucified,
and lay dying on the Cross.
Tell us what joy was yours over the Resurrection.
Tell us how your soul languished after the Lord’s Ascension.
We long to know of your life on earth with the Lord but
you were not minded to commit all these things to writing,
and did veil your secret heart in silence.
(St Silouan the Athonite, p 391)