Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday: Loreto, The Home Of Our Mother

In these days of our pilgrimage, we are welcomed by our Holy Mother to her home - to the House of Nazareth transported from the Holy Land to this hill of Loreto.

These are days of silence for us, of prayer and meditation in the Holy House of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Within those ancient walls, we meditate on the Annunciation when Mary said yes to God.  Here Mary accepted from God the role she was to play in the salvation of mankind.  So humble and loving, Mary had no thought for herself, but wanted to serve God.  For the holy Jewish people serving God is a sign of their love for him: a daughter of the Jewish people, the Daughter of Zion, Mary honours her people, and brings great glory to them as she offers herself completely to God.  May we follow her.  May we say yes to God, regardless of what he asks us to do.  May that Holy Spirit which guided and assisted Mary in her life and decisions, assist us. 

We follow her example, and so, spiritually coming into the Holy House, we make an Act of Consecration to Mary:

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls.   Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

Let us pray:

Eternal Father, you sent your Son among us to make of us one people dedicated to your will and restored through grace to sing forever of your glorious works. As he offered his life on the Cross for our sake, laying down his life for his friends, accept the gift we make of our prayer and sacrifices, offered in union with him, for those in the theatrical and cinematic arts. Grant us the grace to fulfil our obligations to you and our neighbour, building up the Body of Christ, the Church, and trusting in the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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