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Without God's Son, nothing could exist; without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world.

Mary, the Mother of the Lord

Mary, the Mother of the Lord


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Online once again presents this beautiful sermon by St. Anselm which expresses his depth of theological insight concerning her role in the Divine Plan of salvation and her singular dignity. It is taken from Office of Readings for the Liturgy of the Hours, the official Prayer of the Church:

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A Sermon by St Anselm on Our Lady

Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night - everything that is subject to the power or use of man - rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for men or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of men who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendour by men who believe in God.

The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary's womb.

Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.

To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God's Son, nothing could exist; without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed.

Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.

Keywords: Immaculate Conception, Mary, Devotion to Mary, Rosary, conceived without sin, Hail Mary, Marian, Holy, Theotokos



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  1. davide
    3 years ago

    I think it is very tragic and sad the the Mother of our Lord has become a hot topic and a thing of political and theological debate among Christians. Never got the protestant notion that the Virgin was only thought of on Christmas day. Even Muslims have more reverence for Mary than most protestants. Never understood why they refuse to recognize the Mother of Our Lord as their mother. Nope, I don't get it. I guess they think if we show honor, and love towards the Virgin we are taking away the love and honor we show to her Son. To me this is foolishness for if we love the Virgin we also love her Son. She always points to her divine Son. What a blessed and wonderful gift they are missing. What a treasure they refuse to accept. Yes, I do not get it. As for me I always run to her with my joys and my sorrows, she is my mother.

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