Honoring Our Lady: Monday, June 27, 2016 (The Holy Year of Mercy)

J.M.J. On this the Feast of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor (370-444), the great defender of Our Lady's Divine Maternity during the Council of Ephesus in 431, we turn to Mary with ever deepening gratitude for her role in the Life of Christ and in our lives.

From an Eleventh Century Irish Litany of Mary:

Temple of the living God, pray for us.
Light of Nazareth, pray for us.
Beauty of the world, pray for us.
Queen of life, pray for us.
Ladder of heaven, pray for us.
Mother of God, pray for us.

“Take away this star of the sun which illuminates the world: where does the day go? Take away Mary, this star of the sea, of the great and boundless sea: what is left but a vast obscurity and the shadow of death and deepest darkness?”

--Saint Bernard, In Navitate B. Mariae Sermo-De aquaeductu, 6

"One day during an exorcism, a colleague of Father Gabriele Amorth, S.S.P. (the Chief Exorcist of the Diocese of Rome) heard Satan or one of the demons say, 'Every ‘Hail Mary’ is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary (is), it would be my end.'”

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