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November 21, 2014
11:19) And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his
testament was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings and voices
and an earthquake and great hail. (Rev 12:1) And
a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the
moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
UDAYTON: A Meditation on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary by Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello
ALETEIA: When the Virgin Mary Appeared in France
VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: Catholics are not Inventing Anything New in Venerating Mary
The oldest prayer addressed directly to the Virgin Mary, Sub tuum
praesidium, was found near Alexandria on an Egyptian Coptic papyrus,
which, according to many scholars, dates back to the 3rd century AD.
This prayer is older than the Ave Maria by several centuries.
This prayer, written in Greek, is a request for intercession, an urgent
appeal to the Virgin Mary, from an early Christian community that lived
in a time of great danger:
"We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our
petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O
glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen."
History attests that Catholics, in venerating Mary and seeking to
imitate her, are not inventing anything new, but are simply continuing
to do what Christians have always done.
VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: A Woman of Superhuman Majesty
One night when Saint Gregory the Wonderworker was pondering the
doctrine of the faith, an old man appeared before him. Startled,
Gregory stood up and asked: "Who are you and what do you want?" The
stranger told him that he had been sent by God to enlighten his doubts
and reveal the truth of faith to him.
Gregory hesitated, torn between joy and fear, until the apparition
outstretched his hand as if pointing in the opposite direction. Gregory
turned and saw a woman of superhuman majesty. Unable to stand the light
that emanated from her, he lowered his eyes. Then he heard the two
visitors discuss the question that had been preoccupying him.
From this conversation, Gregory gained a true knowledge of the faith,
but was also able to identify his two heavenly visitors: he heard the
woman pressing John the Evangelist to disclose to him the mystery of
faith, and John answered that he was ready to do so, since this was the
pleasure of the Mother of God.
When the Virgin Mary and Saint John had left, Gregory rushed off to
write down the teaching from Heaven. This testimony is the oldest that
has been documented and dates back to the third century.
Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion
111. Another hermit said, 'A man ought always to be working at
something in his cell. If he is busy with the psalms, the devil comes
to him day after day but finds no resting-place there; even if he
succeeds in conquering him and taking him prisoner, God's spirit often
comes to him again. But if we are sinners and do not let God's spirit
come to us, he will leave us alone.'
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