Friday, January 05, 2007

Feast of the Epiphany +

The Adoration of the Magi - Albrecht Dürer
1504 (60 kB); Oil on wood; Uffizi

At Holy Cross Abbey, OCSO, Berryville, Virginia, the Chapel has a statue of Mary holding the infant Jesus out before her. It is as though Our Lady is saying, "Here, take my Son!"

I would guess that others like myself have experiences sprinkled in our lives of blessed Mary doing just that: offering us her Son. But she is so gentle about it; not pushy, just persistent.

May we give thanks that as Mary offered her son as Light of the World to the Magi, we are given the opportunity to present Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to a hurting, war torn, beleaguered world that needs to come to know Him, learn of Him, worship Him, only Son of the Father. She is a worthy model for us to imitate, her Son's first and best disciple.


Porthos said...

I can only add the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail Holy Queen
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve
To thee do we send up our cries
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate
Thine eyes of mercy toward us
And after this our exile
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus
O clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary

Porthos said...


what gifts do we bring?
our tears, distress, shattered hearts
our gold, incense, myrrh

Porthos said...

That should be, "send up our sighs," of course. Sorry.

This Jeff Cavins post
one the blog newly linked by Aramis on our sidebar,
is very apropos and touches on things close to me heart and experience these days.