Mary, the Holy Mother of God



In, “The Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life”, Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange writes that over the centuries there has been theological debate as to “which was the greater of Mary’s prerogatives, her divine maternity (her motherhood of God) or her fulness of grace.” (pg. 17)  He presents some of the discussions on both sides, but ultimately tells us:  “To the problem so stated the great majority of theologians answer that tradition teaches that the divine maternity, defined in the Council of Ephesus, is higher than the fulness of grace, and that Mary’s most glorious title is that of Mother of God.” (pgs. 19-20)

“Thus, just as in Jesus the dignity of Son of God, or Word made flesh, surpasses that of the plenitude of created grace, charity, and glory, which He received in His sacred soul as a result of the hypostatic union of two natures in Him by the Incarnation, so also in Mary the dignity of Mother of God surpasses that of the plenitude of grace and charity, and even that of the plenitude of glory which she received through her unique predestination to the divine maternity.”  (pg. 21)


8 Responses

  1. Today’s Mass was so beautiful. So rich. So solemn. It was a sung mass. It was reverent. It was over too soon. It was as the Novus Ordo should be celebrated. It was in the community neighboring my mother’s village with a younger, devout priest. It’s not our home parish and cannot be for at the moment we are a four hour drive away. If it lived here we would have a home parish. Mary was beautifully honoured. Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist was indeed celebrated in the unity of the mind of the Church. I wish that wasn’t so rare.

  2. 🙂 (f)

  3. oops– (f) signifies a flower!

  4. Owen, I know exactly what you mean. The Rorate Mass we had in December was so beautiful too; Mass by candlelight, and we opened with Rorate Caeli Desuper. With the candlelight, I felt like we were in the catacombs, and our priest thanked us after the Mass and said exactly the same thing. You could have heard a pin drop during the whole Mass; breathtakingly reverent.

    Carol, 🙂 (w)

  5. oops – (w) signifies “Whew”!

  6. ROFL (which signifies Rolling On the Floor Laughing, which with one guy’s typo in a Catholc chat room became KOFL, signifying Kneeling On the Floor Laughing, perfectly saved by his “Well, we’re Catholic.”)

    Oh, to sit in a darkened church for Mass, how I pray they won’t turn the lights on, but they always do. That’s why I’ve long envied anyone with a chapel in their immediate light switch control. But candles… (w!) One can hardly imagine!

    Unfortunately, “Rorate Caeli” — like the rainbow was hijacked by gays — has been e-hijacked by Trads.. it is song to/about Mary, isn’t it? (One would never know that from the mirror-hall blog of the same name.)

    (f) (L)

  7. I looked it up. A very sweet Advent hymn. Not necessarily about Mary, but also not necessarily not! It eases one.

  8. Sorry for being somewhat delayed here, Carol. When we were preparing for this Mass, we found out a few things about the background and meaning, which is that a “Rorate” Mass is named from the words of Isaiah 45:8 in the Latin Vulgate, “Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum…” (Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One…). That is the first line of the “Introit”, the introductory prayer in the old Latin Tridentine rite which was used in Advent, and that’s how the Mass came to be called a “Rorate” Mass. It is a votive Mass offered during Advent in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, traditionally celebrated by candlelight before dawn.

    Ours was in the evening though. It can be any time during Advent, but we happened to hold ours on the feastday of Our Lady of Guadaloupe. The choir learned the hymn in Latin that I mentioned (the one you looked up) and it was really lovely.

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