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EPIPHANY: A HOLY DAY ADORNED BY THREE MIRACLES

EPIPHANY: A HOLY DAY ADORNED BY THREE MIRACLES

EPIPHANY

We celebrate a holy day adorned by three miracles: this day, a star led the Magi to the manger; this day, water was changed into wine at the marriage-feast; this day, Christ, for our salvation, vouchsafed to be baptised by John in the Jordan, alleluia.

PRAYER:

O God, you who by the guidance of a star this day revealed your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know you now by faith, may come to behold you in glory. Through the same…

ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD:

O God, whose only-begotten Son appeared in the substance of our flesh, grant, we pray you, that we who acknowledge his outward likeness to us may deserve to be inwardly refashioned in his image. Who with you…

 

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WHY, IMPIOUS HEROD (EPIPHANY HYMN)

WHY, IMPIOUS HEROD (EPIPHANY HYMN)

Why, impious Herod, vainly fear

That Christ the Saviour cometh here?

He takes no earthly realms away

Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.

 

To greet his birth the Wise Men went,

Led by the star before them sent;

Called on by light, towards light they pressed,

And by their gifts their God confessed.

 

In Holy Jordan’s purest wave

The heavenly Lamb vouchsafed to lave;

That he, to whom was sin unknown,

Might cleanse his people from their own.

 

New miracle of power divine!

The water reddens into wine:

He spake the word: and poured the wave

In other streams than nature gave.

 

All glory, Lord, to thee we pay

For thine Epiphany today;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To Father and the Paraclete.

Amen.

 

V.  The Kings of Tharsis and the Isles shall offer presents. R. The Kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 

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MATER DEI, MATER MEI – GOD’S MOTHER IS MY MOTHER

MATER DEI, MATER MEI – GOD’S MOTHER IS MY MOTHER

DO WE REALLY BELIEVE IT? 

Mary is our Mother. – Most of us realise this fact in a vague sort of way. We have heard it since we were old enough to remember. We have been accustomed to referring to Mary as our Blessed Mother.

Yet, do we really believe it? We have a mother who brought us into the world. Perhaps she is still living. If not, we probably have vivid memories of her. We can’t have two mothers, can we? Mary is our mother in a figurative sense, she is called our mother because she has taken such an interest in us.

That is the way many of us would express our thoughts on the matter if we should ever stop to analyse them.

This attitude, however, is not correct. We do have two mothers, a mother in the natural order and a mother in the supernatural order.

Mary is our mother in the supernatural order. She is really and truly our mother, just as much so as is our mother in the natural order.

MARY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO RECEIVE SUPERNATURAL LIFE

A mother is one who gives life. Our earthly mother gave us our life in this world, our natural life. Mary has given us the life that elevates our life in this world and flowers in the next, our supernatural life.

After the sin of Adam, our souls were deprived of supernatural life. This life was restored through the Redemption of Christ and Baptism. Mary made it possible for us to receive this life. She did this at Nazareth, on Calvary and at our Baptism.

At Nazareth the angel Gabriel brought to Mary the most wonderful news that has ever been given to any human being. He told her that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God. Mary’s consent was needed, before the Incarnation could take place. She thought of us at that moment. By answering “No” she could have left us in death. By answering “Yes”she could give us life. She gave her consent and the Word was made Flesh. Our Redemption had been made possible.

ABOUT 34 YEARS LATER… 

About 34 years later Mary stood on the hill of Calvary beneath the cross on which her divine Son was giving His life for us. He was dying that we might be delivered from sin and death. Mary united her sacrifice with His. She thought of us, her children, at that moment. She bravely and generously offered her Son to the Father for our salvation. Never did any creature make such a sacrifice. And she did it for us. Mary, ever Virgin, experienced only joy when she brought Jesus into the world. When she gave us our spiritual birth, she underwent the most agonising sorrow.

Again at Baptism Mary gave us spiritual life. It was by her intercession that we had the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Baptism fruitfully .

LIFE WITHOUT END

Because of Mary, then, we can hope to enjoy the eternal happiness of heaven. She has given us our life in the next world. This “is not a passing life like your terrestrial one, but a life without end,” says Father Emil Neubert, S. M., in My Ideal-Jesus, Son of Mary. “Not a life full of imperfections and anguish like our present existence, but a life incomparably happy; not a created life, human or angelical, but – and understand it well – a participation in uncreated life, in the very life of God, the life of the Most Blessed Trinity. And that is why this life will be endless and incomparably happy, because it is a sharing in the eternity and in the beatitude of God.”

So the life that Mary has given us is much greater than the life we are now living. She is truly our spiritual mother.

EACH OF US CAN REPEAT THIS TREMENDOUS TRUTH

St Stanislaus Kostka used to repeat with great happiness, “Mater Dei, Mater mei” – “God’s Mother is my Mother.” Each of us can repeat this tremendous truth.

Mary’s Immaculate Heart was fashioned by her Creator so that God made Man could receive the perfect love of the perfect mother. Mary loves us with the same Immaculate Heart.

Because she loves us so much, she watches over us always. She guards the supernatural life which she has given us. If we should lose our supernatural life by falling into mortal sin, she can obtain for us the grace to recover it…

“God’s Mother is my Mother.” What a world of meaning in those words! What a depth of consolation and hope! If we but heed her pleas, if we but join our prayers with hers, we need have no fears.

From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954

 

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYER TO OUR LADY BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

O Mary, rich in grace, Virgin conceived without original stain, and worthy Mother of God, Who preserved thee from all sin to find in thee a purity worthy of His dwelling, I also now receive into my heart my Lord and my God, the Lover of purity, to Whom all sin is an abomination. I wish with my whole heart that my soul were as free from sin and as pure as thine, that God might find it an abode fitting His Majesty. But alas, I am full of evil inclinations and infidelities to grace.

Therefore I cast myself before thee, O Immaculate Queen of Heaven, and humbly be thee, through the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception, to purify my soul, to cover its faults with the perfection of thy purity, and to sustain me in the Communion I am about to receive. Beg thy Divine Son to deign to visit me. He enriched thee so abundantly with His gifts that the heavenly messenger proclaimed thee ‘full of grace’; beg Him to pour His treasures so abundantly upon me in this Communion that I also may be full of grace. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THE MOTHER OF GOD – BY ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

THE MOTHER OF GOD – BY ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

SERMON OF ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (FOUND IN METAPHRASTES) 

The Son of God did not choose for his mother a rich or wealthy woman, but that blessed Virgin, whose soul was adorned with virtues. For it was because the blessed Mary had observed chastity in a way that was above all human nature, that she conceived Christ the Lord in her womb. Let us then fly to this most holy Virgin and Mother of God, and avail ourselves of her patronage. Therefore let all you, who are virgins, flee to the Mother of the Lord; for she, by her patronage, will guard you that beautiful, precious, and incorruptible possession.

A GREAT WONDER

The blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, dearest brethren, was in truth a great wonder. For what greater or more wonderful one has ever at any time been discovered, or can at any time be discovered? She alone is greater far than heaven and earth. What is holier than she? Not the prophets, not the apostles, not the martyrs, not the patriarchs, not the angels, not the thrones, not the dominations, not the seraphim, not the cherubim; in truth no creature whatever, whether visible or invisible, is to be found greater or more excellent than she. She is at once the handmaid of God, and his mother; at once a Virgin and a parent.

SHE IS THE MOTHER OF HIM WHO WAS BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF ALL THINGS

She is the mother of him, who was begotten of the Father before the beginning of all things; whom Angels and men acknowledge to be the Lord of all things. Would you know how much greater is this Virgin than any of the heavenly powers? They stand in his presence with fear and trembling, and veiled faces; she offers human nature to him whom she brought forth. Through her we obtain the forgiveness of our sins. Hail, then, O mother, heaven, maiden, virgin, throne, ornament, glory and foundation of the Church: pray without ceasing for us to Jesus, your Son and our Lord, that through you we may find mercy in the day of judgment, and may be able to obtain those good things which are prepared for those who love God, through the grace and loving-kindness of Jesus Christ our Lord: to whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be glory, and honour, and dominion, now and forever, world without end. Amen.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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