Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady

This from Catholic Memes:
Today is the Nativity of Our Lady. In the Ordinary Form it is suppressed for the Sunday, but in the usus antiquior it is celebrated as a commemoration.

At Low Mass in town Father decided that we should sing the Salve Regina instead of the Prayers after Low Mass as a more solemn way to honor Our Lady. More than fine by me! It was quite moving. The simplicity of the simple-tone chant just gets me every time. We are such children in the eyes of God, and we need to turn to the Blessed Mother in a way akin to going to the bosom of our earthly mothers so that we might be brought to Our Father, who art in Heaven.

She is our mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. I am so grateful to have made the Total Consecration on the day that she was brought into the world. St. Louis de Montfort's method especially focuses on detachment from this world through an emphasis on living our baptismal promises.

Father Donald Calloway, MIC talked in the chapel on Friday. He mentioned that Our Lord said to Nicodemus that we are born again in the spirit, not in the literal sense of being pushed out of our mother's womb. But, we are reborn through the intercession of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, Co-Redemptrix, and Advocate. She wants the good for her children. And we are her children. "Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother."

He did complain about the portrayal of Our Lady, even in The Passion of the Christ, from which this image is taken. I actually really like this actress's interpretation, so Mary of Nazareth-which Fr. Calloway endorses- will be an interesting film to watch!

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

BTW, we sing this sometimes at night as the RA's call quiet hours in the dorm. Very good way to go to sleep.

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