Holy Mary, Mother of God

What a very special and full day today! The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the First Saturday of the month, the World Day of Peace, New Year’s Day, and Consecration Day for Paul of Harbour Star Reflections! May we all say a prayer for Paul today, and also in gratitude for his consecration.

Here is a lovely hymn that is printed in the Magnificat publication for today:

O Mother of almighty God,
Forever blest in all your ways,
Give us your own tranquility,
And strength and comfort all our days.

You are a strong and lovely tree,
The fruit of which is purest gold,
Whose branches spread to shelter us,
Whose quiet leaves all peace enfold.

Pray for us now and when we die,
That we may live and ever praise
The Father, Son and Spirit blest
In endless light and timeless days.


Yes, her “quiet leaves all peace enfold”.

Mary, Mother of God

Mary, Mother of God (Solemnity).  Theme:  veneration of Mary, Mother of God, and adoration of her newborn Son.

Your name, O Mother of God, is filled with all graces and Divine blessings. You have contained Him Who cannot be contained, and nourished Him Who nourishes all creatures. He Who fills heaven and earth, and is the Lord of all, was pleased to be in need of you, for it was you who clothed Him with that flesh which He did not have before. Rejoice, then, O Mother and handmaid of God!

Rejoice, because you have made Him a debtor Who gives being to all creatures. We are all God’s debtors, but He is a debtor to you. That is why, O most holy Mother of God, you have greater goodness and greater charity than all the other Saints, and have freer access to God than any of them, for you are His Mother. Remember us, we beseech you, in our miseries, who celebrate your glories and know how great your goodness is.

[Saint Methodius, d. 847]

[Prayer taken from: Dictionary of Mary, ]

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)