The Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today's the Most Blessed Feast Day (II Class), celebrating the Divine Maternity of Mother Dearest, Mother Fairest!
It's most beautiful, blessed and lovely to have our Dearest Lady as our Mother. I feel most secure, most loved in her presence, under her never failing mantle, even in the most dreadful situation. She's like the light at the end of a black tunnel, the lighthouse to sailors in distress in this world. Her legions of angels she sends out to all her loved ones on this earth. Her unfailing arm she lends to poor sinners, like me, always helping, rebuking only mildly. Mother Dearest, Mother Fairest! My dear dearest Mother! :)
By her one word, Jesus melts =) for He loves her so very much. Their hearts are so intertwined, their love for each other, as Son to Mother and Mother to Son, so beautiful, and there's so much love in that one union.
O Good Son, by the love, by which Thou lovest Thy mother, give me, I pray Thee, to love her truly, as truly Thou lovest her and will to love her.
O Good Mother, by the love by which thou lovest thy Son and want Him to be loved, obtain for me, I pray thee, to love Him truly as thou lovest Him and willest Him to be loved
Mother Mary's Fiat which was unconditional, submitting herself to the will of God, the most Holy Will of God, that we repeat each time we say the Angelus, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, Be it done unto me according to Thy Word." Mother Mary contributed so much to our salvation. By her one word, she "allowed" the birth of Jesus, she made the first committed step. God asked her, through His angel Gabriel, and she agreed. That is most sublime, most beautiful, this mystery of the incarnation of the Word.
Here's more you can read, on what I posted on the Feast of the Annunciation. Verbum caro factum est. Infinitely beautiful. :) And here's something I wrote on decision making, also from some thoughts after I said the Angelus one day last year after before a CA.
"So great was this huge decision that was made, that this changed the entire course of events for the whole world. It was because of this decision that dearest Mother Mary, through the grace of the Most High, made, that allowed for the Saviour of the world to come into this darkness.
It was this decision, that thereby, the fate of all souls since the beginning of time to the end of time was changed. She was the one that said yes to God and thus, to a certain extent, helped accomplish for us, our salvation. In a sense, she made the first committed step, and there was no turning back after she said yes to God. This is one of the reasons why the dearest Blessed Virgin has been given the title, the Co-Redemptrix of mankind, our salvation, because, by virtue of this huge decision she made, she helped save mankind. That is why, we Catholics love her as our dearest Mother." For she accepted to be the Mother of Our Lord, at the Annunciation, when she gave her Fiat so unconditionally, and she became our dearest Mother, at the most solemn moment, at the foot of the cross. Stabat juxta crucem Mater eius. :)
Today's feast day, as taken from the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal:
To commemorate in the liturgy the fifteenth centenary of the Council of Ephesus (held in 431), which vindicated the title of Theotokos or "Mother of God" for our Lady, Pope Pius XI in the year 1931 instituted this feast to be observed by the whole Church as a double of the second class.
Remember, Mother Mary dearest also spent time (i think 2 years, but I must check it) with the Church in Ephesus with St. John after the Crucifixion. Here's the link to the most beautiful book, The Mystical City of God by Ven. Mary of Agreda, on the Divine History and Life of the Most Blessed Virgin.
From the Chapter of today's Vespers: Ecclus. 24:12-13
He that made me, rested in my tabernacle, and said unto me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and take root among Mine elect.
From the Antiphon at the Magnificat, also of today's Vespers:
Thy Motherhood, O Virgin Mother of God, heralded joy to the whole world: for out of thee has arisen the sun of justice, Christ our God.
Ave maris stella, Dei mater alma,Atque semper virgo, Felix caeli porta.
Sumens illud Ave Gabriélis ore,Funda nos in pace Mutans Hevæ nomen.
Solve vincla reis, Profer lumen cæcis,Mala nostra pelle, Bona cuncta posce.
Monstra te esse matrem,Sumat per te precesQui pro nobis natus Tulit esse tuus.
Virgo singuláris,Inter omnes mitis, Nos culpis solútosMites fac et castos.
Vitam præsta puram,Iter para tuum,Ut vidéntes Jesum Semper collætémur.
Sit laus Deo Patri,Summo Christo decus,Spirítui Sancto Tribus honor unus.
Since I'm learning Deutsch now, as you might know from the previous post, here's the beautiful Ave Maria in Deutsch:
Gegrüßet seist du, Maria, voll der Gnade, der Herr ist mit dir. Du bist gebenedeit unter den Frauen, und gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus. Heilige Maria, Mutter Gottes, bitte für uns Sünder jetzt und in der Stunde unseres Todes. Amen.
Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.
Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)