Alas, another Saturday has come and gone and I have posted nothing in between. One of these days, I tell you. . . , one of these days I will get back to posting regularly.
At least I haven’t broken my tradition of posting a prayer or reflection on Saturday, to honor the Blessed Mother. There is a long-standing Catholic tradition of honoring the Blessed Mother on Saturday. Unfortunately, in the past 50 years or so, this tradition has been almost all but forgotten. Very Sad! Well, I believe that it is a unique part of my vocation to restore honor and devotion to our Blessed Mother, and reviving this long-standing Catholic tradition is the “spear-head” of my operation.
So today’s prayer, which I will post, is the prayer which all priests (should) say before they celebrate Holy Mass. It beseeches the Holy Mother of God to stand near and help the priest offer a perfect and acceptable sacrifice in the sight of God. Now I understand that most of those who read my blog are the laity, like myself. So you might be thinking “how does this prayer apply to me?” I answer with what I learned while on retreat at the seminary. The priest is in the Person of Christ – in Persona Christi. When he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it is not only the person of the priest (i.e. Fr. Bob or Fr. Dan) but rather, it is the Person of Christ offering the Holy Sacrifice. When we the laity attend Holy Mass we offer a sacrifice too – ourselves. Our sacrifice is nothing compared to that of the priest, who, in Persona Christi, calls down Our Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity to the Altar. Being comprised of our broken, sinful, wounded selves, our sacrifice could use all the help it can get. That is why we ought to say with the priest:
Mother of mercy and love,
Blessed Virgin Mary,
I am a poor and unworthy sinner,
and I turn to you in confidence and love.
You stood by your Son
as He hung dying on the cross.
Stand also by me, a poor sinner,
and by all the priests
who are offering Mass today
here and throughout the entire Church.
Help us to offer a perfect and
in the sight of the Holy
and Undivided Trinity,
our Most High God. Amen.
– (Prayer taken from My Prayer Book Victor Hoagland, C.P. 47)
Thank you for praying with me to honor Our Lord through His Blessed Mother. And please don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on this her special day.