Monday, September 8, 2014

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Looking at the Proper for tomorrow's liturgy, I am deeply moved by the first option for the Prayer Over the Offerings:

May the humanity of your Only Begotten Son
come, O Lord, to our aid,
and he, who at his birth from the Blessed Virgin
did not diminish but consecrated her integrity,
by taking from us now our wicked deeds
make our oblation acceptable to you.
Through Christ our Lord

Birth of the Virgin, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1661

May the Lord, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, make your oblation, that is, your life today, acceptable to God, the Father. I urge everyone who reads this to do two things:

1) Pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

2) Pray at least one Memoraré

If there were a third "thing," I'd urge you to attend Mass.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy.
Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we come, poor, banished children of Eve
To thee do we send our sighs, mourning, and weeping in this valley of tears...

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