Thank you for our Mothers, who have given us life and love, may we show them reverence and love, and thank you to all who show us a Mother’s love. Let us pray for mothers who have lost a child through death, may their faith give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them. We pray for adoptive mothers and for the women who wish to give birth, but experience challenges. May they know your loving care O Lord. We pray for those who wish to serve as mothers, but are not able to do so, that they know your comfort O Lord. We pray for mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom. Blessings to All the Mothers in our lives.

Mary


Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you,” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1:28-33)

Mary is the greatest among the saints. At the Annunciation, Mary said “yes” to God and became the Mother of Jesus, the eternal Son of God incarnate. We believe in Mary’s Immaculate Conception (that she was without sin from the moment of her conception and she remained “full of grace” by the saving work of the son she was to bear) and that, because of her sinless state, she was assumed bodily into heaven. The Church also teaches that Mary is ever-virgin – before and after the birth of Jesus.

Mary embraced her vocation of being God’s partner in the work of redemption. Mary is the mother of Jesus, who is God. Jesus made her sinless from her first moment of existence in her mother's womb because of the singular role she was to play in our salvation. No other human person offers as vital and direct a link in the coming of Christ. The Magnificat, or Canticle of Mary, is the longest set of words uttered by a woman in the New Testament.

 

We pray to Mary through traditional prayers such as the Hail Mary and the rosary as well as through conversational prayers of intercession.