“I will put enmities between thee and the woman” In these words the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was announced to Adam and Eve.It was to be the reversal of the friendship with the serpant contracted by Eve, when she listened to his voice and fell under his power.
The second Eve was never to be under the power of satan; the enmity between them was to admit there would be no possible exception – nothing could or would attempt to seperate Our Blessed Lady from her place in the Incarnation.
The Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady, which we celebrate today (in both forms – Extraordinary and N.O.) was the foundation of all her graces. The absence of any stain or spot of sin distinguished her from the rest of mankind. It distinguished her from the holiest of the Saints, because, unlike her, they were all sinners. Her perfect sinlessness was the source of all her glory and all her majesty as it was this which opened the door to unlimited graces received from God. It was indeed this which qualified her for divine maternity, and raised her to the throne of Queen of Heaven.
Gaudens gaudebo in Domino, ex exsultabit anima mea in Deo meo, quia induit me vestimentis salutis; et indumento justitiae circumdedit meo, quasi sponsa monatum monilibus suis.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God: He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation , and with the robe of justice. He hath covered me as a bride adorned in her jewels.
Thank you very much for this post but the liturgical songs accompanying it are not a patch on The Bach Magnificat WHICH does lift the soul.
Read somewhere that when God saw that the American RC church was not suffering persecutions, He sent them our current liturgists. FWIW said liturgists are far, far worse in UK.
Thank you Anne, and I have to agree with you regarding the Bach Magnificat. I feel perhaps I should apologise for the Propers that I used. I had thought that as we are getting used to the new translation of the Roman Missal, these Propers where simple and easily absorbed. Then, this afternoon when I was at our Abbey Church a Priest told me he thought they were awful! (if you’re reading this Dom Andrew…)
Well, I have to agree – it’s not Solesmes either. and if I am posting again and am tempted to use examples of our great liturgy, I will revert to the Mass of Ages and select more appropriately. Mea maxima culpa.