THE WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN
Brothers and Sisters,
With the Solemnity of the Assumption this week, I would like to make a general statement: Blessed Mother is vastly underappreciated. She was the first Christian and still is the best of Christians. I’ll let this hymn explain some of the reasons:
Mary First (lyrics by Sister Delores Duffner, OSB)
Mary, first among believers,
Trusting in the angel’s word,
You consented and, conceiving,
Became mother of our God.
Mother now of all believers,
Give our fragile faith increase.
May we, trusting in God’s promise,
Doubts and useless fears release.
Mary, first among the exiles,
Seeking refuge in the night,
You left home with spouse and infant,
Fleeing Herod’s sword in fright,
Mother now of all the exiles,
Give the sleep without alarm,
Give them clothing, food, and shelter,
Keep them safe and free from harm.
Mary, first among disciples,
Listening, learning from your Son,
You dear His words and actions,
Pondering each, forgetting none.
Mother now of all disciples,
Help us listen day by day.
Open to His Spirit’s prompting,
Help us follow Jesus’ way.
Mary, first among the suffering,
Standing, bowed, beneath the Cross,
You knew all the pain and anguish,
Of oppression, grief, and loss!
Mother now of all the suffering,
May we show compassion’s face.
May the victims of injustice,
Know, through us, God’s love and grace.
Mary, first among the blessed,
Robed in Heaven’s beauty bright,
You rejoice with saints and angels,
In your Son’s resplendent light!
Mother now of all the blessed,
Make your pilgrim people strong.
Keep us faithful, until we join you,
Praising God in endless song.
There is no time better than now to reintroduce yourself to the Rosary and re-learn the many Marian prayers and remind yourself to pray them Punctuate every day with one of the many Marian prayers.
God be near,