Thursday, December 1, 2011
Advent With Our Lady
December is the month dedicated to Our Lady under the title of the Immaculate Conception. As I thought, meditated and prayed about this dogma of our faith, I thought about how Mary is the perfect example of how to live, not only our every day lives, but also this season of Advent.
Advent is about waiting and preparing. We live in a culture that does not like to wait for anything so turning to Mary during this potentially busy season can teach us how to wait and prepare prayerfully.
Our Lady waited nine months for the birth of Jesus, but in a real sense she had been preparing her whole young life for this moment, even if she was not aware of it before Gabriel's announcement to her.
We await Jesus too. Not just at Christmas, but at the end of our lives, and at the end of time. We also await His coming to us each time we celebrate the Eucharist.
Let us turn to our Blessed Mother who will teach us how to wait and prepare for Jesus' coming prayerfully and lovingly as she did.
Prayers and some history of the feast are found by clicking the picture for December's Devotion on the left sidebar.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.