Saturday, August 22, 2020

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 65:1-10 The Prior of the Monastery
Mass: Ezk 43:1-7ab; Resp Ps 85; Mt 23:1-12

Near indeed is His salvation to those who fear Him, glory dwelling in our land.


There is something I hear loud and clear during every celebration of the Holy Mass that I have wanted to include for some time. The words come during the Communion Rite, after the recitation of the Lord's Prayer. It is then that the priest prays: "Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming our Savior, Jesus Christ." Yes, please, Lord, keep us safe from all distress. As we honor the Queenship of Mary, let us turn to her in our need, with our worries and fears, and ask her to intercede for us. Mary, Queen of all hearts, pray for us.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 
our life, our sweetness and our hope. 
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary.

Today's photo: I continue to marvel at Catherine's photos taken in Mount Rainier National Park. God is praised.

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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