Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, I

[Most Catholics and many priests are unaware of the existence of the two volume Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary consisting of a sacramentary — a book of antiphons, prayers and the Mass– and a lectionary — the readings used during Mass.  There are 46 different Masses with their own prayers and a preface for the eucharistic prayer that can be used on a weekday or Saturday mornings under certain conditions.  The Marian sacramentary is a must for anyone with a deep love for Mary and the liturgy of the Church. Here is the preface for the Mass: Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, I.]

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks;
we especially praise you and proclaim your glory
as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She received your Word in purity of her heart
and, conceiving in her virgin womb,
gave birth to our Savior
and so nurtured the Church at it’s very beginning.

She accepted God’s parting gift of love
as she stood beneath the Cross
and so became the mother of all those
who were brought to life
through the death of her only Son.

She joined her prayers with those of the apostles,
as together they awaited the coming of your Spirit,
and so became the perfect pattern of the Church at prayer.

Raised to the glory of heaven,
she cares for the pilgrim Church with a mother’s love,
following it’s progress homeward
until the day of the Lord dawns in splendor.

Now, with all the angels and saints,
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise.

Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Volume I Sacramentary.  New York: Catholic Book Publishing, Co., 1992, p. 130.

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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4 Responses to Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, I

  1. Anne Comeaux says:

    This is a real gift. It makes it so very clear that Christ is the focus and Mary is one of the ways to help us all in this focus. As I read and re-read this prayer I realized the different phases and depths of “Mariology” I have experienced in my own life from my relationship with Jesus’ mother when I was a teenager, a mother of young children and now a mother of adults. For me the most powerful line is “She accepted God’s parting gift of love as she stood beneath the cross…”

  2. I often hear Protestants erroneously say we Catholics adore Jesus’s mother when we ought to offer all our adoration to Jesus. I try to explain, but it’s hard to convince them.

    The Incarnation that permitted the Second Person to become human necessitated the Infant would be born of a woman. And how magnificently special that woman is! She gave birth to Jesus, cared for the child, bore within her the sorrow that one day she would lose Him, and on that first Good Friday she did not abandon Him. Taken down from the cross, He lay dead in His mother’s arms.

    Mary is not God. But we love her because she birthed the Son of God. We pay her homage, the highest love and respect and devotion.

    “Hail, Holy Queen, our life, our sweetness and our hope!”

  3. The 2 volume set of Mass of the BVM, designed originally for daily use on non-feastdays at international Marian Shrines, offer a wealth of prayerful, spricture based, opportunities for Mass in honor of Our Lady. Eash has a for-note with the history of the original of that Mass formulary. Great history as well.

  4. Pingback: TODAY IS the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God | HEARTS ON FIRE

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