Mary, Mother of the Church!!!
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the ChurchDear Family of Mary!
This is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church! It is a new memorial, (only 2 years old) which will fall on the Monday after Pentecost each year. What a fitting way to move back into Ordinary Time! With our Mother!!!
Our Lady has only referred to herself as Mother of the Church once in her messages (so far). Here is the message. Our Lady speaks to us about the Church and how we should love the Church and do works of love for the Church!! Her words are amazing:
“Dear children, as the Mother of the Church, as your mother, I am smiling as I look at you: how you are coming to me, how you are gathering around me, how you are seeking me. My comings among you are proof of how much Heaven loves you. They indicate to you the way to eternal life, to salvation.
My apostles, you who strive to have a pure heart and to have my Son in it, you are on the good way. You who are seeking my Son are seeking the good way. He left many signs of His love. He left hope. It is easy to find Him if you are ready for sacrifice and penance – if you have patience, mercy and love for your neighbors.
Many of my children do not see and do not hear because they do not want to. They do not accept my words and my works, yet through me, my Son calls everyone. His Spirit illuminates all of my children in the light of the Heavenly Father, in the unity of Heaven and Earth, in mutual love – because love invokes love and makes works more important than words.
Therefore, my apostles, pray for your Church, love it and do works of love. No matter how betrayed or wounded, it is here because it comes from the Heavenly Father. Pray for your shepherds so that in them you may see the greatness of the love of my Son. Thank you.”
The title “Mother of the Church” is so powerful and appropriate! Our Lady was at the center of the events in Christ’s life, always silently accompanying Him in His earthly journey, and then accompanying His Apostles as they went out to witness to Jesus and build the Church. Her presence was indispensable. That is why we are so blessed to have her with us today in this most amazing way in Medjugorje. She is here with us because God is up to something!!
For Holy Mass today, the Preface for this Memorial eloquently expresses Our Lady’s role in the life of the Church, as Mother!! I want to share it with you so you can pray with the Church this beautiful preface before the Eucharistic prayers:
Preface: Mary, Model and Mother of the Church
as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
she nurtured the beginnings of the Church.
are born to heavenly life.
and so became the pattern of the Church at prayer.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2020
PS. St. James Parish in Medjugorje has a “summer schedule” that begins today , June 1st and runs until September 1st. The Evening Program of the parish will begin at 6:00 pm Medjugorje time -the Rosary is at 6:00 pm and Holy Mass is at 7:00 pm. It is not clear yet when Adoration will be scheduled. But for now, be aware that the Parish Rosary will begin at 6:00 pm Medjugorje time!!