Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hail Mary

Our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail,
thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women. [Luke 1:28]

Today is Eid al 3adra, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to Heaven.
The acceptance of the Mother of all Mothers into the glory of Heaven is seen as the symbol of the promise made by Jesus Christ to all enduring Christians that they too will be received into paradise. 
John 14:3 -- one of the scriptural bases for understanding the dogma of the Assumption of Mary -- quotes Jesus as telling his disciples at the Last Supper, "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also."
According to Catholic theology, Mary is the pledge of the fulfillment of Christ's promise.
The Hail Mary is one of the most powerful prayers because it is believed Jesus cannot neglect the intercession of His mother’s demands. The first miracle Jesus performed at the wedding at Cana is often cited, as in John 2:1-11, when Mary told Jesus, “They have no more wine.” He turned water into wine.
Eid al 3adra today falls again, as it did last year, during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Both Christians and Muslims will celebrate Our Lady – or “Maryam” in the Holy Qur’an.
The mother of Jesus has a distinguished and honored position among women in the Qur’an.
The 19th of the Holy Book’s 114 chapters is titled “Maryam” – the only surah named after a woman. (See Glorifying Virgin Mary in Ramadan -- August 15, 2011)
May our Heavenly Lady, bring peace, solace and love to all.
And may the Mother of all Mothers shower us, especially the needy, sick and infirm, with her Blessings:
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.