Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
How often have I prayed those words and then felt a peace and closeness that is beyond all understanding. Today as I moved boxes helping a co-worker whose son is in Baghdad I felt those words fill my head and heart. I’ve been at a few Marian shrines lately and just last week we had the Feast of the Assumption. Everyday Christians around the world pray the Divine Office and invoke the name, memory and intercession of the Mother of Jesus.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,(Magnificat anima mea, Dominum) my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,
The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
For St. Francis of Assisi Mary was the Mother, Advocate and Queen. May she intercede for us always and bring us the Peace of Christ.