Monk’s Corner


Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

Your local ersatz monk.

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2679    Mary is the perfect Orans (pray-er), a figure of the Church. When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus’ mother into our homes, 1 for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope. 2

1 - Cf. John 19:27

2 - Cf. Lumen Gentium 68-69

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Random Thought 1:  The Hail Mary is a wonderful prayer venerating our blessed mother and asking for her intercession. But how did this prayer come about? Here is how I look at the formation of this pray: In Luke 1: 26-29 we are told that God sent the Angel Gabriel to a virgin  named Mary and he said to her:  Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. You have found favor with God. Later this theme is picked up by Elizabeth, Mary’s relative, on hearing Mary’s voice Elizabeth was moved by the Holy Spirit to say, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. At which point Mary could have disclosed the name given by the angel Yeshua

in Hebrew in English JESUS.

At the council of Ephesus A.D. 431, the Church conferred the title Theotokos Greek for “God bearing” and thus Mary becomes, Holy Mary, Mother of God. The end of the prayer is a natural plea to the Virgin for her intercession, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

        So the prayer starts with the very words of God delivered to Mary by his chosen Archangel. Then we hear the words of St. Elizabeth as she is filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Then Holy Mother Church confers upon Mary the most holy title of Mother of God. At last we the laity make the prayer complete with our request for Mary’s powerful intercession, especially at the hour of our death.