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Feast of The Mother of God

Discussion in 'Mother of God' started by Bella, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. Bella

    Bella Archangels

    It's the Forum's feast day, tomorrow, 1st Jan !
    This usually falls on 1st Jan, and, tomorrow, is a Solemnity, which is unusual.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

    Dear Padraig, thankyou for setting up the Mother of God forum, and may you be spectacularly blessed tomorrow.

    God bless us all.
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  2. Bella

    Bella Archangels

    From Sunday's 1st Reading. This is for all of us on the forum:

    "May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”

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  3. josephite

    josephite Powers

    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 death. Amen.

    "What greater prodigy could the world behold, than a woman become the Mother of God, and a God clothed In human flesh?"

    -----St. Alphonsus Liguori +1787, Doctor of the Church

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  4. josephite

    josephite Powers

    St. Proclus

    Sometime around the year 428 A.D., an event took place in the city of Constantinople, then the capital of the Roman Empire, which helped to change the course of CatholIc devotional life forever. Those in attendance on that day would have noticed nothing unusual. Far from it, in fact, for the setting for this occurrence was a liturgical celebration being held in the city's cathedral. During this celebration, a spirited homily in praise of the Virgin Mary was delivered by St. Proclus [+446], who made the following observations:"The reason we have gathered here today is the holy Theotokos Virgin Mary, immaculate treasure of virginity, spiritual paradise of the second Adam, workshop of the union of [Christ's two] natures, marketplace of the saving exchange, bridal chamber in which the Word was wedded to the flesh, living bush that was not burned by the fire of the Divine birth, the true light cloud that bore the One Who, in His body, stands above the Cherubim, fleece moistened by celestial dew, with which the Shepherd clothes His sheep."One fact of this panegyric strikes us immediately, namely the speaker's keen grasp of the doctrinal ramifications of the Divine Maternity.

    In the best patristic tradition, he clothed his praise of Mary in the imagery of the Old Testament, presenting a colorful and rich picture of the promised Woman who carried the Living God in Her womb. He gave pride of place to Mary's title, Theotokos [Mother of God, or "God-Bearer"] and, as though to underscore his reflections, he returned to it at the close of his homily:

    "Behold, holy Mary is openly proclaimed as Theotokos."

    Previous to this final proclamation of Mary's title, St. Proclus cited the following scriptural passage from the prophet Ezechiel:"And He brought me back to the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary, which looked towards the east: and it was shut. And the Lord said to me: This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass through it: because the Lord the God of Israel hath entered in by it, and it shall be shut. [Ez. 44: 1-2]

    The Church Fathers understood this gate to be the Ever-Virgin Mary:

    St. Cyril of Alexandria . . .

    St. Cyril [+ 444], Patriarch of Alexandria and Doctor of the Church. St. Cyril, wrote a letter to the monks of Egypt, in which he remarked:

    "I do not know how to express my astonishment when I see Christians hesitating to give the Holy Virgin the title of Mother of God. Since Our Lord Jesus Christ is God, how can the Virgin, who gave Him birth, not be the Mother of God? The Apostles have taught us this truth, even though the word Theotokos be not found in their writings. The Holy Fathers never hesitated to use the term . . ."St. Cyril went on to defend the Divine Maternity in words whose clarity shines forth to this day:"We know that the Eternal Word existed before Mary, and that from all eternity He abides in the bosom of His Father. But in the Incarnation there is a Mystery, which we can in some measure compare to that of human generaleration. All men who have ever been born are made up of soul and body. Our mothers gave us the corporal substance into which God has infused a soul. This fact does not hinder us from saying that they gave birth to a man

    . . . . The union of soul and body makes up the one person who is called the man, therefore she who gives birth to a man is truly his mother. After the same manner that the soul is united so strictly to the body-----so indissolubly that one cannot separate them in the human person without destroying the man-----in the Incarnation the Word was united to Human Nature to be born in the one and Indivisible Person of Jesus Christ our Lord and God.

    "We do not say that the nature of the Word was changed and became flesh, nor that He was turned into a whole man made of body and soul . . .

    Rather did two different natures come together to form a unity, and from both arose one Christ, one Son.

    It was not as though the distinctness of the natures was destroyed by the union, but Divinity and humanity together made perfect for us one Lord and one Christ, together marvelously and mysteriously combining to form a unity. So He Who existed and was begotten of the Father before all ages is also said to have been begotten according to the flesh of a woman, without the Divine nature either beginning to exist in the holy Virgin, or needing of itself a second begetting after that from His Father. [For it is absurd and stupid to speak of the One Who existed before every age and is coeternal with the Father, needing a second beginning so as to exist]."
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  5. josephite

    josephite Powers

    The Council of Ephesus

    At last, St. Cyril took the matter straight "to the top," namely, 'the then-reigning Vicar of Christ, Pope Celestine I [422-432].

    St. Cyril letter set forth once again the clear teaching of the Church on the Incarnation, closing with the declaration:

    "We have been taught to hold these things by the holy Apostles and evangelists, and by all the divinely inspired Scriptures, and by the true confession of the blessed Fathers. To all these your reverence ought to agree and subscribe without any deceit. What is required for your reverence to anathematize we subjoin to this epistle."Appended to this letter were Twelve Anathemas [accepted by the Council] which Nestorius was bound to accept in order to refute any charges of heresy. The first three will suffice to give the tenor of the whole:
    "1. If anyone does not confess that Emmanuel is God in truth, and therefore that the holy Virgin is the Mother of God [for She bore in a fleshly way the Word of God become flesh], let him be anathema.

    2. If anyone does not confess that the Word from God the Father has been united by hypostasis with the flesh and is one Christ with His Own flesh, and is therefore God and man together, let him be anathema.

    3. If anyone divides in the one Christ the hypostases after the union, joining them only by a conjunction of dignity or authority or power, and not rather by a coming together in a union by nature, let him be anathema."

    Anyone who continues to doubt that affection and veneration for the Mother of God is an ancient and fundamental element of authentic "Christianity" need only observe the reactions of the Ephesians to the decree of the Council.

    We are told that crowds waited outside while the Council deliberated and, upon hearing its decision, the air was filled with cries of "Praise be to the Theotokos."

    The famous torch lit procession of Ephesus has been cited often as an example of that special love for Mary which has kindled the hearts of entire cities-----even entire nations-----in former times:

    "And the populace of Ephesus were drawn to the Virgin Mother of God with such great piety, and burning with such, ardent love, that when they understood the judgment passed by the Fathers of the Council, they hailed them with overflowing gladness of heart, and gathering round them in a body, bearing lighted torches in their hands, accompanied them home."[Pope Pius Xl, Lux Veritatis, 1931]
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  6. josephite

    josephite Powers


    1. Hail, Queen of heaven, the ocean star!
    Guide of the wanderer here below!
    Thrown on life’s surge, we claim thy care;
    save us from peril and from woe.

    Mother of Christ, star of the sea,
    pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

    2. O gentle, chaste and spotless maid,
    we sinners make our prayers through thee;
    remind thy Son that he has paid
    the price of our iniquity.

    Virgin most pure, star of the sea,
    pray for the sinner, pray for me.

    3. Sojourners in this vale of tears,
    to thee, blest advocate, we cry;
    pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
    and soothe with hope our misery.

    Refuge in grief, star of the sea,
    pray for the mourner, pray for me.

    4. And while to him who reigns above,
    in Godhead One, in Persons Three,
    the source of life, of grace, of love,
    homage we pay on bended knee,

    Do thou, bright Queen, star of the sea,
    pray for thy children, pray for me.

    Dearest Mother of God pray for all MoG forum members and readers and our families. Amen

    Thank you Dearest Queen and Mother for saying yes to God!
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  7. padraig

    padraig New Member

    The great Solemnity rolls round every year and fills me with great joy. I was saddened when I woke up this morning and saw pictures of the Islamist massacre in Instanbul. All those innocent dead. But i thought , looking at all the Turkish police and soldiers how many of them are secretly Islamists too? It came to me how hopeless it is to place our trust in men but only in God alone.

    Our leaders will not tell us the truth but we have entered into a religious was without end and only God can stop and end it. For we cannot defeat those who are prepared to live and die for their beliefs fighting them with men and women who are paid to fight, who are , basically hirelings. Once the Church used Crusaders those of Faith to fight them. But were exists such Faith now? Our Western countries are basically Godless and without Chrisitan morality.

    But out hope is in the Lord our God and the Mother of God who leads us into battle. Without this we are defeated.

    Mother of God lead us in Battle against Satan.

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  8. padraig

    padraig New Member

    The Holy Mother of God

    Bl. John Henry Newman

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    As soon as we apprehend by faith the great fundamental truth that Mary is the Mother of God [Sancta Dei Genetrix], other wonderful truths follow in its train; and one of these is that she was exempt from the ordinary lot of mortals, which is not only to die, but to become earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Die she must, and die she did, as her Divine Son died, for He was man; but various reasons have approved themselves to holy writers, why, although her body was for a while separated from her soul and consigned to the tomb, yet it did not remain there, but was speedily united to her soul again, and raised by our Lord to a new and eternal life of heavenly glory.

    And the most obvious reason for so concluding is this – that other servants of God have been raised from the grave by the power of God, and it is not to be supposed that our Lord would have granted any such privilege to anyone else without also granting it to His own Mother.

    We are told by St. Matthew, that after our Lord’s death upon the Cross “the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints that had slept” – that is, slept the sleep of death, “arose, and coming out of the tombs after His Resurrection, came into the Holy City, and appeared to many.” St. Matthew says, “many bodies of the Saints” – that is, the holy Prophets, Priests, and Kings of former times – rose again in anticipation of the last day.

    Can we suppose that Abraham, or David, or Isaias, or Ezechias, should have been thus favoured, and not God’s own Mother? Had she not a claim on the love of her Son to have what any others had? Was she not nearer to Him than the greatest of the Saints before her? And is it conceivable that the law of the grave should admit of relaxation in their case, and not in hers? Therefore we confidently say that our Lord, having preserved her from sin and the consequences of sin by His Passion, lost no time in pouring out the full merits of that Passion upon her body as well as her soul.

    * * * * *

    ANOTHER consideration which has led devout minds to believe the Assumption of our Lady into heaven after her death, without waiting for the general resurrection at the last day, is furnished by the doctrine of her Immaculate Conception.

    By her Immaculate Conception is meant, that not only did she never commit any sin whatever, even venial, in thought, word, or deed, but further than this, that the guilt of Adam, or what is called original sin, never was her guilt, as it is the guilt attaching to all other descendants of Adam.

    By her Assumption is meant that not only her soul, but her body also, was taken up to heaven upon her death, so that there was no long period of her sleeping in the grave, as is the case with others, even great Saints, who wait for the last day for the resurrection of their bodies.

    One reason for believing in our Lady’s Assumption is that her Divine Son loved her too much to let her body remain in the grave. A second reason – that now before us – is this, that she was not only dear to the Lord as a mother is dear to a son, but also that she was so transcendently holy, so full, so overflowing with grace. Adam and Eve were created upright and sinless, and had a large measure of God’s grace bestowed upon them; and, in consequence, their bodies would never have crumbled into dust, had they not sinned; upon which it was said to them, “Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.” If Eve, the beautiful daughter of God, never would have become dust and ashes unless she had sinned, shall we not say that Mary, having never sinned, retained the gift which Eve by sinning lost?
    * * * * *

    She is called the Tower of David [Turris Davidica] because she had so signally fulfilled the office of defending her Divine Son from the assaults of His foes. It is customary with those who are not Catholics to fancy that the honours we pay to her interfere with the supreme worship which we pay to Him; that in Catholic teaching she eclipses Him. But this is the very reverse of the truth.

    For if Mary’s glory is so very great, how cannot His be greater still who is the Lord and God of Mary? He is infinitely above His Mother; and all that grace which filled her is but the overflowings and superfluities of His incomprehensible Sanctity. And history teaches us the same lesson. Look at the Protestant countries which threw off all devotion to her three centuries ago, under the notion that to put her from their thoughts would be exalting the praises of her Son. Has that consequence really followed from their profane conduct towards her? Just the reverse – the countries, Germany, Switzerland, England, which so acted, have in great measure ceased to worship Him, and have given up their belief in His Divinity while the Catholic Church, wherever she is to be found, adores Christ as true God and true Man, as firmly as ever she did; and strange indeed would it be, if it ever happened otherwise. Thus Mary is the “Tower of David.”

    * * * * *

    The Assumption by El Greco, c. 1578 [Art Institute of Chicago]
    THIS great universe, which we see by day and by night, or what is called the natural world, is ruled by fixed laws, which the Creator has imposed upon it, and by those wonderful laws is made secure against any substantial injury or loss. . . .but there is another and still more wonderful world. There is a power which avails to alter and subdue this visible world, and to suspend and counteract its laws; that is, the world of Angels and Saints, of Holy Church and her children; and the weapon by which they master its laws is the power of prayer.

    By prayer all this may be done, which naturally is impossible. Noe prayed, and God said that there never again should be a flood to drown the race of man. Moses prayed, and ten grievous plagues fell upon the land of Egypt. Josue prayed, and the sun stood still. Samuel prayed, and thunder and rain came in wheat-harvest. Elias prayed, and brought down fire from heaven. Eliseus prayed, and the dead came to life. Ezechias prayed and the vast army of the Assyrians was smitten and perished.

    This is why the Blessed Virgin is called Powerful – nay, sometimes, All-powerful, because she has, more than anyone else, more than all Angels and Saints, this great, prevailing gift of prayer. No one has access to the Almighty as His Mother has; none has merit such as hers. Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks; and herein lies her power. While she defends the Church, neither height nor depth, neither men nor evil spirits, neither great monarchs, nor craft of man, nor popular violence, can avail to harm us; for human life is short, but Mary reigns above, a Queen for ever.

    * * * * *

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  9. padraig

    padraig New Member

    OUR glorious Queen, since her Assumption on high, has been the minister of numberless services to the elect people of God upon earth, and to His Holy Church. This title of “Help of Christians” [Auxilium Christianorum] relates to those services of which the Divine Office, while recording and referring to the occasion on which it was given her, recounts five, connecting them more or less with the Rosary.

    The first was on the first institution of the Devotion of the Rosary by St. Dominic, when, with the aid of the Blessed Virgin, he succeeded in arresting and overthrowing the formidable heresy of the Albigenses in the South of France.

    The second was the great victory gained by the Christian fleet over the powerful Turkish Sultan, in answer to the intercession of Pope St. Pius V., and the prayers of the Associations of the Rosary all over the Christian world; in lasting memory of which wonderful mercy Pope Pius introduced her title “Auxilium Christianorum” into her Litany; and Pope Gregory XIII., who followed him, dedicated the first Sunday in October, the day of the victory, to Our Lady of the Rosary.

    The third was, in the words of the Divine Office, “the glorious victory won at Vienna, under the guardianship of the Blessed Virgin, over the most savage Sultan of the Turks, who was trampling on the necks of the Christians; in perpetual memory of which benefit Pope Innocent XI. dedicated the Sunday in the Octave of her Nativity as the feast of her august Name.”

    The fourth instance of her aid was the victory over the innumerable force of the same Turks in Hungary on the Feast of St. Mary ad Nives, in answer to the solemn supplication of the Confraternities of the Rosary; on occasion of which Popes Clement XI. and Benedict XIII. gave fresh honour and privilege to the Devotion of the Rosary.

    And the fifth was her restoration of the Pope’s temporal power, at the beginning of this century, after Napoleon the First, Emperor of the French, had taken it from the Holy See; on which occasion Pope Pius VII. set apart May 24, the day of this mercy, as the Feast of the Help of Christians, for a perpetual thanksgiving.

    * * * * *

    WHAT are the truest tokens and promises here, poor though they may be, of what one day we hope to see hereafter, as being beautiful and rare? Whatever they may be, surely the Blessed Mother of God may claim them as her own. And so it is; two of them are ascribed to her as her titles, in her Litany – the stars above, and flowers below. She is at once the Rosa Mystica and the Stella Matutina.

    And of these two, both of them well suited to her, the Morning Star becomes her best, and that for three reasons.

    First, the rose belongs to this earth, but the star is placed in high heaven. Mary now has no part in this nether world. No change, no violence from fire, water, earth, or air, affects the stars above; and they show themselves, ever bright and marvellous, in all regions of this globe, and to all the tribes of men.

    And next, the rose has but a short life; its decay is as sure as it was graceful and fragrant in its noon. But Mary, like the stars, abides for ever, as lustrous now as she was on the day of her Assumption; as pure and perfect, when her Son comes to judgment, as she is now.

    Lastly, it is Mary’s prerogative to be the Morning Star, which heralds in the sun. She does not shine for herself, or from herself, but she is the reflection of her and our Redeemer, and she glorifies Him. When she appears in the darkness, we know that He is close at hand. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Behold He comes quickly, and His reward is with Him, to render to everyone according to his works. “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

    * * * * *

    Who can estimate the holiness and perfection of her, who was chosen to be the Mother of Christ? If to him that hath, more is given, and holiness and divine favour go together (and this we are expressly told), what must have been the transcendent purity of her, whom the Creator Spirit condescended to overshadow with His miraculous presence? What must have been her gifts, who was chosen to be the only near earthly relative of the Son of God, the only one whom He was bound by nature to revere and look up to; the one appointed to train and educate Him, to instruct Him day by day, as He grew in wisdom and stature? . . .

    Nothing is so calculated to impress on our minds that Christ is really partaker of our nature, and in all respects man, save sin only, as to associate Him with the thought of her, by whose ministration He became our Brother.

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  10. AED

    AED Powers

    I LOVE this hymn. Thank you for printing the lyrics. Our Mother is our safe refuge! Through every storm--even the one we're in now.
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  11. padraig

    padraig New Member

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