Marian Devotion (Day 15)
May 15, 2024
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.
Day 15
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi (3:1-4)
The LORD says:
   Lo, I am sending my messenger
   to prepare the way before me;
and suddenly there will come to the temple
   the LORD whom you seek,
and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
   Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
   And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
   or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
   and he will purify the sons of Levi,
refining them like gold or like silver
   that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
   will please the LORD,
   as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

From a sermon on the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Laurence Justinian

As Mary pondered all she had learned from reading and from what she had heard and seen, how greatly did she increase in faith, advance in merit and become enlightened with wisdom! More and more she was consumed with burning love. Drawing life and inspiration from the heavenly mysteries which were being unlocked for her, she was filled with joy.

She became alive with the Spirit, she was guided towards God and was kept humble in herself. The effects of divine grace are such indeed that they raise one from the depths to the heights, and transform one in an ever greater degree of glory. Entirely blessed was the mind of the Virgin which, through the direction of the Spirit dwelling in her, ever obeyed the command of the Word of God in all things. She was governed not by her own judgement or opinions, but she outwardly performed through her body whatever wisdom had indicated inwardly to her faith.

It was surely fitting that divine Wisdom, which had built the house of the Church for its abode, should use most holy Mary as its instrument, where the observance of the law, purification of the heart, the doctrine of humility and spiritual offering were concerned.

Imitate her, O faithful soul. Enter into the temple of your heart that you may be purified in spirit and cleansed of the pollution of your sins. In everything we do God considers our disposition rather than our actions. And so, whether we retire mentally to God in earnest contemplation and remain at rest or whether we are intent on being of service to those around us with good works and worthy undertakings, let our object be that we are motivated only by love of Christ. So the really acceptable offering of purification of the spirit is that which is rendered not in a man-made temple but in the temple of the heart, where Christ the Lord is pleased to enter.

Musical Selection (Archangel Voices)

O Virgin Mother full of grace,

accomplishing the Mystery,

transcending every human mind,

with heaven’s host in company.

The Prophet Simeon once held

within his arms the mighty God,

Creator of the law, Who stands

and reigns in heaven: Lord and God.

And having willed it thus to pass,

to save mankind from settled fate,

God came from a Virgin’s womb,

to share our low and humble state.

Your praise, O Virgin Mother pure

flows on every human tongue;

because of Christ, your firstborn Son,

You stand extolled and praised in song.

Lift up your eyes to Him on high

you princes ruling every land.

Behold our Lord and Christ is borne

on holy Simeon’s humble hands.

Our earth, on seeing You, O God,

now shakes with fear throughout the land.

For how can you, transcending all,

be held within a human hand?

Lord, grant that the Church,
the chaste Bride of Christ,
may keep unbroken the New Covenant of love
and, like your humble handmaid,
who presented to you in the temple
the author of the New Law,
may the Church keep its faith unspotted,
grow in hope of heaven,
and deepen its heartfelt love for you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Presentation)