May The Month of Our Lady – Who is Mary for Her People

 

It is a great opportunity to come to love Mary and turn to her in devotion as her adopted children. To be able to come to this relationship with her, it is important to learn about her and understand better what the Church believes and teaches about her. To start, we have what the Gospels tell us, what the Bible says, about her. Through these description given to us in Divine Revelation, along with the long tradition of the faithful of relating to Mary individually and as a believing family, we can grow in our knowledge of who she is.

Our prayers have an important place in helping us in that understanding. To close this month of May, let us look at what some of our most popular prayers tell us about Mary:

Hail Mary:

  • She is full of Grace
  • Mary is blessed among women
  • She is Mother of God
  • She intercedes for us, praying alongside us and for us
  • She is mother of Jesus

 Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)

  • She is a Holy Queen
  • She is Mother of Mercy
  • we call her “our life our sweetness and our hope”
  • She is a gracious advocate for us before God
  • She is a Virgin who is clement (merciful/mild), loving, & sweet
  • She is the Holy Mother of God

Memorare (Remember O Virigin Mary…)

  • She is most gracious
  • She helps all people who fly to her protection, implore her help or seek her intercession
  • She is considered the Virgin of virgins (model of virgins)
  • She is our Mother
  • She is the Mother of the Word Incarnate (Jesus, who dwells amongst us)
  • She shares with us the mercy of a mother

Through the language of the Church and the help of our most treasured prayers, continue to get to know Mary, who’s heart has claimed you as if you were her own child.

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 with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

WRITTEN BY: Harold Clitheroe