12-03-2017 "Mary, the Mother of God"

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
December 3, 2017—First Sunday of Advent
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-6; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46

“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers [or sisters] of mine,  you did for me” (Mt 25:40)
Mary, Mother of God*
What relationship do you experience with Mary, the Mother of God?

When the young woman, Mary, was betrothed to a man named Joseph, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she would conceive and bear a son through the Holy Spirit, and to name him Jesus. “He will be called holy, the Son of God.” Despite having no relations with a man, Mary replied in faith, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’” (Lk 1:38). Through her faith and obedience, Mary became the new Eve, the mother of all the living.

In anticipation of Mary becoming the Mother of God, she was preserved free from Original Sin from the time of her conception. This is called the “Immaculate Conception.” The Church teaches further that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived, when he was born, and that she perpetually remained a virgin after that.

The Church teaches also that Mary, as the Mother of God, “occupies a place in the Church which is the highest after Christ and also closest to us” (LG, no. 54). Mary is the first and the greatest of all of Christ’s disciples. Mary is also honored with the title “Mother of the Church.”

In the mystery of her Assumption, immediately upon her death, Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven, where she shares in the glory of her Son’s resurrection, and in anticipation of the resurrection of all members of the Body of Christ. Mary continues to intercede with God for the Church and for all of humanity.

The only two dogmas to have  been declared by any pope to be “infallible” are Mary’s “Immaculate Conception,” by Pope IX in 1854, and Mary’s “Assumption into Heaven,” by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

Like Mary, as disciples of Christ, we are also called to respond in faith to allow Christ to be manifested through us.

Mary is worthy of our devotion.  However, only God is to be adored and worshipped.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 *U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 12.

Reflect on Your Experience
What fond memories do you have of your mother?

What will help you to grow in your relationship with Mary, the Mother of God?

    U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos

Mary, Mother of the Church

Explaining the Catholic Teaching on Mary

""Mary, the New Eve" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Queenship of Mary" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"On the Assumption of the Blessed Mary" (Dr. Scott Hahan)

"Born of the Virgin Mary" - CCC  484-511) (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

Blessed Mary in Art - Part I

Blessed Mary in Art - Part II


Music

"Ave Maria" (Maria Callas)

"Immaculate Mary" 

"The Angelus"

"Magnificat" (John Michael Talbot)

"Magnficat (All That I Am)" (David Haas)

"Salve Regina"

"Mary Did You Know"

"Hail Holy Queen" (Sister Act)

Rites, Symbols, & Practices
How to Pray the Rosary (USCCB)

How to Pray the Rosary (Dynamic Catholic)

How to Pray the Rosary (Catholic Online - Video)

Reflection
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