SAINT BERNARD (Part 1)
I've been asked why LMS adopted St. Bernard of Clairvaux as its patron saint. Many reasons, to be celebrated over many Varia posts!
But let's start with this one. LMS grew out of the Latin Mass community at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Way, and early on placed itself under Our Lady's protection. We begin every meeting by reciting the Angelus. St. Bernard is the preeminent singer of the love of the Virgin Mary. Both the Memorare and the Salve Regina are attributed to him. Living from 1090 to 1153, during the age of the troubadors and trouveres in France and Provence, he translated the secular ideal of courtly love into the medieval cultus of the Virgin Mary which we celebrate to this day. In return, the Blessed Mother favored him most curiously with what tradition calls the lactatio Sancti Bernardi, glorious images of which are readily to be found on the world wide web ! jab