Today is Saturday, the day of the week devoted to the Mother of God. The historical background for this devotion dates back to the First Century. It is based on a tradition that Christ appeared to Mary, His mother, on the Saturday after His death. I intend to carry on this tradition by posting a short prayer in honor of the Mother of God each and every Saturday. Today, would you please be so kind as to join me in honoring our Blessed Mother, using the words of St. Bernard of Clairvaux?
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother!
To thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen.
(My Prayer Book Regina Press 185)
Thank you and don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on her special day.
God of mercy, give us strength.
May we who honor the memory of the Mother of God rise above our sins and failings with the help of her prayers.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.
– Breviary Morning Prayer