We pray it as part of the Liturgy of Hours, and we hear it proclaimed in the Gospel reading on the feast of the Visitation — May 31 — but I’m not sure most Catholics stop often enough to think about what a beautiful gift we have in Mary’s Magnificat. This post by Our Sunday Visitor editorial director for periodicals Gretchen Crowe reminds us of its importance.
This Mother’s Day, I am thinking of all of my fellow mothers who I have walked with on this path of joy and sorrow, delight and drudgery. I am praying for those who have had their heart split in two from the sword of sorrow — miscarriages, stillbirth, disease and death of beloved children. We turn to Mary for comfort and solace.
There are over 1,100 flowers that honor Mary. Here are a few that you may be familiar with, with their medieval names after their common names. Amaryllis – “Beautiful lady” […]
Early Church history and tradition teaches that each day of the week has a theme which can help us to celebrate ordinary time. Saturday is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. […]
The Canticle of Mary is the first prayer of the Church, a paradoxical prayer of triumph through humility that leads us to Christ. So why don’t we pray it more? Here are four reasons to give it a try.