The liturgy maintained in the Church a spiritual and doctrinal tradition which never condemned or underestimated women indiscriminately…Bernard not only took in the message of the liturgy. He also helped form its making in and for his own milieu, and in this way he revealed some of his own personal bents. When the cistercian liturgical books were being reformed, he introduced significant changes, in particular in connection  with the veneration to be paid to holy women. For example, he composed an entirely new office for the feast of Saint Mary Magdalene…He also introduced into the offices for the feasts of the Virgin Mary many responsories composed of verses from the Song of Songs.

Jean Leclercq, Women and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1989)

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