Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (May 31)   3 comments

Above:  A Ukrainian Painting of the Visitation

“Blessed Are You Among Women”

TRANSFERRED TO JUNE 1 IN 2020

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The Assigned Readings for This Feast:

1 Samuel 2:1-10

Psalm 113

Romans 12:9-16b

Luke 1:39-57

The Collect:

Father in heaven, by your grace the mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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I grew up United Methodist in southern Georgia, U.S.A., in a religious subculture which placed inadequate emphasis on the St. Mary of Nazareth.  Indeed, even to use the Orthodox term Theotokos (“Bearer of God”) or the Roman Catholic designation “Mother of God” was unthinkable.  Yet these terms are logical if one proceeds from the assumption that Jesus was God incarnate.  Mary was pregnant with Jesus, who was God, so she was the Bearer and Mother of God.

I write these words just an arm’s length away from three three-dimensional figures of Mary and a two-dimensional depiction of her with a young Jesus.  Obviously my understanding her has changed–and for the better.

So, without reservation, I pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 12, 2010

THE FEAST OF ENMEGAHBOWH, EPISCOPAL PRIEST

Posted June 12, 2010 by neatnik2009 in June 1, May 31, Saints of the Bible

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