On November 21, we celebrated the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, observed by the universal Church since the sixteenth century. This day celebrates a moment, like her birth, we don’t know much about historically. The important thing to remember about this feast is the theme that Mary is the new Temple, in whom God has come to dwell in the person of Jesus Christ. Find a prayer and short video online.
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The Magnificat
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.
Common Marian flowers
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” […]
Ordinary Time: Saturdays
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. […]
Why not the Magnificat? Mary’s song of humble joy ought to be our song, too
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.