Catholic tradition has long reserved Saturday as a day to especially honor the Most Holy Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. While God alone is due our worship, we venerate Our Lady as His chosen instrument of Grace, recalling that it was through her fiat, her “yes”, that His plan of salvation became truly Incarnate in time as well as eternity.
While we recognize that Blessed Mother was called into existence from nothing, like any other creature, and that truly each of the privileges with which she has been endowed is itself a manifestation of the merciful providence of God, we also appreciate that God Himself chose to elevate the Blessed Virgin by a singular grace and privilege to a dignity that no other human has ever conceived. Literally, it was her DNA, her flesh, her blood which robed the Incarnate Word. Her virginal womb conceived and bore the very Son of God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Thus, in honoring the Blessed Virgin, the Most Holy Theotokos – the Mother of God, we imitate the Heavenly Messenger, St. Gabriel, chosen by God to declare that Mary alone is “blessed among women.”
As I endeavor to return to this not-quite-forgotten blog site, I can think of no better prayer to post than the Hail Mary:
Hail Mary, full of Grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Ad Jesum Per Mariam,