S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Prayer in Honor of Mary, Mother of God

Hail, Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole universe, lamp that is never extinguished, crown of virginity, support of the true faith, indestructible temple, dwelling of him whom no place can contain, O Mother and Virgin! Through you all the holy Gospels call blessed the one whom comes in the name of the Lord.

Hail, Mother of God. You enclosed under your heart the infinite God whom no space can contain. Through you the Most Holy Trinity is adored and glorified, the priceless cross is venerated throughout the universe. Through you the heavens rejoice, and the angels and archangels are filled with gladness. Through you the demons are banished, and the tempter fell from heaven. Through you the fallen human race is admitted to heaven.

Hail, Mother of God. Through you kings rule, and the only-begotten Son of God has become a star of light to those who were sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. AMEN.

This prayer is believed to be composed by Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Every January 1st, the Roman Catholic Church honors Mary and her Motherhood. We believe that Jesus, both human and divine in nature, was born of the Virgin Mary. Hence, Mary is indeed the Mother of God the Son. May Mary bless and pray for all the mothers in the world, and may she bring us closer to the heart of Jesus the Lord, her Son.

Today the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) celebrate also the titular feast of the Imposition of the Holy Name of Jesus. Let us pray for all the Jesuits in the world and for all the ministries and apostolic works of the Society of Jesus.


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