The Dawn of our Redemption

“The birth of Mary is the dawn of our redemption.”

“The Mother proclaims the Son, making it known that He is about to come, that the divine promises, made so many centuries before, are to be fulfilled. The birth of Mary is the dawn of our redemption. Her appearance projects a new light over all the human race: a light of innocence, of purity, of grace, a resplendent presage of the great light which will inundate the world when Christ, “Lux mundi”, the Light of the World”  appears. Mary, preserved from sin in anticipation of Christ’s merits, not only announces that the Redemption is at hand, but she bears the first fruits of it within herself; she is the first one redeemed by her divine Son. (Divine Intimacy)

“Our chosen One shall be called MARY, and this name is to be powerful and magnificent.”

 

“From the beginning and before all ages God selected and prepared for His only Son the Mother from whom, having taken flesh, He would be born in the blessed fullness of time; He loved her by herself more than all creatures, and with such a love as to find His delight in a singular way in her.” (“Ineffabilis Deus”, Pope Pius IX)

This is explained a bit more in the dialogues of Venerable Maria de Agreda, in her account of the nativity and naming of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

I saw a great and mysterious sign in heaven; I saw a Woman, a most beautiful Lady and Queen, crowned with the stars, clothed with the sun, and the moon was at her feet (Apoc. 12, 1). The holy angels spoke to me: ‘This is that blessed Woman, whom Saint John saw in the Apocalypse, and in whom are enclosed, deposited and sealed up the wonderful mysteries of the Redemption. So much has the most high and powerful God favored this Creature, that we, His angelic spirits, are full of astonishment.’

After describing briefly the birth of Our Lady, she tells us that “The guardian angels of the sweet Child with others in great multitudes showed their veneration and worship to Mary as She rested in the arms of her mother: they joined in heavenly music.”

Mother Maria de Agreda then describes how the Eternal Father sent His angels to bear the holy infant Mary up to heaven: The holy princes, … receiving the child Mary from the arms of her holy mother Anne, bore the true Ark of the Covenant heavenward with incomparable songs of great joy. … At this time, His Majesty wished to give a name to the Child Queen and impose it first in Heaven. He thereby made known to the angels that the Three Divine persons had decreed and formed the sweet names of Jesus and Mary for the Son and Mother from the beginning, before all ages and that Their delight was in these precious names.

The   angels heard a voice from the throne speaking in the person of the Father: “Our chosen One shall be called MARY, and this name is to be powerful and magnificent. Those that shall invoke it with devout affection shall receive most abundant graces; those that shall honor it and pronounce it with reverence shall be consoled and vivified, and will find in it the remedy of their evils, the treasures for their enrichment, the light which shall guide them to heaven. It shall be terrible against the power of hell, it shall crush the head of the serpent and it shall win glorious victories over the princes of hell.”

The Lord commanded the angelic spirits to announce this glorious name to saint Anne, so that what was decreed in heaven might be executed on earth. … The holy angels honored and acknowledged most holy Mary as the future Mother of the Word and as their Queen and Mistress enthroned at the right hand of her Son; they showed their veneration of her holy name, prostrating themselves as it proceeded from the throne in the voice of the eternal Father, especially those, who had it written on the devises over their breast. All of them gave forth canticles of praise for these great and hidden mysteries. …

On the eighth day after the birth of the great Queen multitudes of most beautiful angels in splendid array descended from on high bearing an escutcheon on which the name of MARY was engraved and shone forth in great brilliancy. Appearing to the blessed mother Anne, they told her that the name of her daughter was to be MARY, which name they had brought from heaven, and which divine Providence had selected and now ordained to be given to their child by Joachim and herself. … The more than happy father accepted the name with joy and devout affection… Thus was the divine Princess named by the holy Trinity: in heaven, on the day of her nativity, and on earth, after eight days.

If we could only look on the scene, see Mary as she must have looked! As I think of this, the thought that always comes to mind is that which Dante expresses in his Paradiso. In Canto 32, 85-87, Dante has St. Bernard say of Mary,

“Riguarda omai ne la faccia che a Cristo
piu si somiglia, che la sua chiarezza
sola ti puo disporre a veder Cristo.

“Look now on her who most resembles Christ,
for only the great glory of her shining
can purify your eyes to look on Christ.”

In these few words, there is much distilled and concentrated wisdom about Our Lady! I leave to you to think on this, it is most profitable!

 

Prayer to Mary, Star of the Sea

“When I feel myself tossed about in the sea of this world amidst storms and tempests, I fix my eyes on thee, O Mary, shining star, lest I be swallowed up by the waves. When winds of temptation arise, when I dash against the reefs of tribulations, I raise my eyes to thee and call upon thee, O Mary, Star of the Sea. When I am agitated by the billows of pride, ambition, slander or jealousy, I look to thee and invoke thee, O Mary. When anger or avarice or the seductions of the flesh rock the fragile barque of my soul, may I always look to thee, O Mary. And if I am troubled in conscience by the enormity of my sins, and frightened at the severity of judgment, and if I should feel myself engulfed in sadness or drawn into the abyss of despair, again, I raise my eyes to thee, calling always to thee, O Mary, Mother of Mercy.

“In dangers, in difficulties and in doubts, may I always turn to thee, O Mary! May thy name, O Virgin Mary, be always on my lips and never leave my heart, that I may always obtain thy assistance. Following thee, O Mary, I shall not go astray; thinking of thee, I shall not err; with thy support, I shall not fail; with thy protection, I shall not fear; relying on thee, I shall not weary. Look upon me with mercy; with confidence in thee, I shall surely reach the port.” (after St. Bernard)

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Queen of the Church!

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

 

 

6 thoughts on “The Dawn of our Redemption

  1. Nancy says:

    Dear Evensong, you could never offend me (ok, maybe you could, but then I would deserve it) and I understand being suspect of things said, even from the pulpit; such are these times. We should always challenge what we think is not right – for one thing, I’ve have learned unforgettable lessons from those who have loved enough to challenge me and secondly, lessons in humility are always appreciated if not always welcomed 🙂 or visa versa. Thank you for keeping me in sync!

  2. Nancyv says:

    Evensong, I don’t think he was implying that we are burdening Mary with the petition (maybe that is MY interpretation, however un-humble that is – me never wanting to be a burden, but of course, I know I am, and God loves me), but to focus on the scriptural words of Elizabeth.
    I know nothing. But I’m glad to have read your words in honor of our Mother and to have gone to Mass.

    • Sorry if I offended you. I just didn’t grasp why a priest would tell people not to petition to Our Lady to pray for them on her birthday.
      It seemed odd to me, somehow.
      Guess I’m just out of sync lately 🙁

  3. Nancyv says:

    P.S. The priest today suggested in honor of Mary, just for today, just say the first part of the Hail Mary and leave off the second part (petitioning for us). I thought that sweet.

    • Nancy, why did the priest do that? Is he implying that “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us” is somehow such a burden on Our Lady that he (the priest) wants to spare her?

      I believe that she loves for us to to pray to her and ask for her, in turn, to pray for us. Contrary to that priest, I believe she is sorrowful today because so few of her children turn to her, for Our Savior has told us that her merciful heart is, “the inexhaustible well causing the living water of My mercy to gush over the earth.” We please them both if we ask for that mercy.

      May Our Lady keep you close,
      evensong

  4. Nancyv says:

    Thank you for the beautiful meditation and readings about Mary. I missed Mass this morning, and after reading this, made the effort to go downtown to the Cathedral’s 12:10 Mass. What I would have missed had I just stayed on my lazy posterior!

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