This morning we had the Saturday Mass of Mary, I was reminded of the mid-week memorials of Our Lady of Walsingham and OL of Ransom. In fact, on every day of the year there are memorials, dedications, shrines, named of Our Lady. For the Saturday Mass of BVM, it is usually put among the Commons at the back of the Missal.
Even more appropriate is the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Volume 1 Sacramentary and Volune II Lectionary.
With such an abundance of Marian memorials we celebrate this Saturday Mass in the spirit and help of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saturday Vigil READING ABOUT OUR LADY
by Bishop Kallistos Ware.
In her recognition and acceptance of' her vocation, in her attitude of' receptivity, Mary stands before us supremely as the one who listens obediently in faith. Faith is the essence of Mary's response at the Annunciation, and faith presupposes listening. When we think of her obedience, it is important to give the word "obedience” its true and literal sense; both in Latin and in Greek it signifies 'to hear'. 'Let it be done to me according to your word', Mary replies to the angel. The Mother of God listens to God's word. The Gospel reading appointed for most feasts in her honour includes Christ's reply to the woman in the crowd: 'Blessed rather are those who hear the word, of God and keep it.' This answer from a superficial point of view might seem to belittle the Holy Virgin, in reality indicates what is her true glory. She is blessed not merely by the physical fact of her child-bearing, but also and more fundamentally by the spiritual depth of her inner faith and attentiveness to God's word. Had she not first learnt to hear the word off God in her heart, she could never have born the Word Incarnate in her body.
Repeatedly the Gospels insist upon this characteristic of Mary as the one who listens. After the adoration of the shepherds, it is said that ‘Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart' Similar words after her discovery of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple: 'his Mother kept all these things in her heart'. The importance of listening is evident in Mary's own words to the servants at the marriage feast at Cana of Galilee: 'Do whatever he tells, you; listen, wait on God’. Once more the relevance - of Mary's example in our present age is easily apparent. Ours is an era in which words' can be multiplied with extraordinary facility - on the radio and television, on tape recorders, photocopiers, and word processors - but we have forgotten the art of" listening.
The Mother of' God, the one who listens, by her own example can help us to rediscover the lost dimension of inner space. Byzantine spirituality sees in her the model hesychast, a living icon of what it means to practise hesychia, stillness of heart. The words of the Psalmist - 'Be still, and know I God' apply exactly to her.
Mary Links Calendar
Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
1. Collection of the all Feasts of Our Lady.
Our Lady del Puche.
Our Lady of the Girdle.
Our Lady of Remedios Near
Our Lady of Solitude.
2. Our Lady of Helbron/Nettles.
3. Mother of the Divine Shepherd.
5. Our Lady of
6. Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of the Fountain/Valenciennes.
7. Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lady. Instituted by Pope Gregory II. 722.
Our Lady of Zyrowice.
Madonna della Consolata. Turin, Italy.
8. Nativity of Mary. Feast of the Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary. 15 B.C. (Birth of Mary Murillo)
Crowning of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Siluva.
Nuestra Señora de Filermo. Malta. Celebrates the lifting of the Turkish siege in 1565.
Our Lady of Good Health.
9. Our Lady of the Puy/Le Puy. Velay,
Joachim and Anna, the parents of Mary (Orthodox).
10. Our Lady of Trut.
11. Our Lady of
The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in
Our Lady of Healing. Lower Normandy,
13. Maria Zell/Our Lady of Zell.
Our Lady of Guadalupe/Guadelupa.
14. Our Lady of Fontevrault.
Our Lady of Einsiedeln.
15. The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Our Lady of Aranzazir/de las Augustias.
Our Lady of the Rocks.
Our Lady of Help. Socorro,
17. Our Lady of the Candles. 15th century/
Placement of image of Our Lady of le Puy. Velay,
18. Our Lady of Smelcem.
19. Notre Dame de La Salette.
Our Lady of Healing.
20. Our Lady of the Silver Foot.
21. Our Lady of Pucha.
22. An angel tells St. Anne to name her daughter "Mary."
23. Our Lady of Valvanere.
The Order of Our Lady of Ransom (the Mercedarians) was founded in
Notre Dame de Roc-Amadour. Cahors,
25. Our Lady of Passer.
Madonna, Divine Shepherdess.
26. Our Lady of Victory. Tournay/Tourney,
27. Our Lady-of Happy Meeting/Assembly.
29. Apparition of the Madonna di Tirano to blessed Mario Omodei.
30. Notre Dame de Beaumont.
Second Sunday. Our Lady of
Third Thursday. Our Lady of Consolation, Malta. See also June 20.
Thursday after the Nativity of Mary: The Amiable Mother of Starkenburg (