Marian Devotion (Day 23)
May 23, 2024
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.
Day 23
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (23:55-56; 24:1-3, 9-10)
 The women who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph. They saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. But on the Sabbath they rested in obedience to the commandment.
At daybreak on the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
When they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles.


From a sermon by St. Saint Lawrence of Brindisi 


Since, dear brethren, we have recently considered the most bitter and severe sufferings of the Virgin Mother because of the passion and death of her Son, it is only right that we now turn our attention to her joys because of her son’s Resurrection from the dead. She hoped for light after the darkness; she hoped for a pleasing spring after the horrible winter had passed; she must have kept in her heart the words of the Psalmist, “Sorrow is but a guest of the night and joy comes in the morning” (Ps 29:6), or “amid all the throning cares that fill my heart, my soul finds comfort in thy consolation” (Ps 93:19). “Insofar as the sufferings of Christ abound in us,” wrote St. Paul “so will our consolations abound through Christ” (II Cor 1:5)....

And just as Jacob rejoiced at the news of his favorite son, who could ever try to imagine what happiness and bliss the Virgin enjoyed at the glorious and immortal Resurrection of her son, when He appeared to her in that same glory which He had shown to His chosen disciples?...

What then did the Virgin feel? What kind of rejoicing was hers? What happiness did she experience because of Christ’s Resurrection? If the disciples rejoiced at the sight of the Lord, how much more did the mother rejoice at the sight of her most cherished Son? If she had been so happy at His conception, when she conceived a mortal person subject to many pains, as to say, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Lk 1:45), how much happier was she when He received immortality and blessedness?

Surely, she had the right to cry out with Anna, the mother of Samuel, “My heart thrills with joy in the Lord, and I lift up my head in my God. My mouth is bold against my enemies because I am happy in my salvation!” (I Kg 2:1). O immortal God, how great and how wonderful is the reason for this joy! “This is the day which the Lord has made,” sings the chorus of saints, “let us rejoice and be happy during it” (Ps 117:15). Now the homes of the just echo with glad cries of victory” (Ps 117:15). Yet, what was the cry of happiness and victory in the heart of the most holy mother? If the Jews saw a new light dawning, bring rays of joy, honor, and a favorable sign to Mardochai and Esther after the execution of the wicked Aman...imagine what light the Virgin must have seen on this day in the great glory and exaltation of her Son, when, after He had conquered and triumphed over hell, overcome death, and, crushing Satan in battle, He appeared to her clothed with the sun and wearing a crown of stars.

Mary rejoiced in the conception of Christ, she thrilled with joy at His birth, and when she heard “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace of men of good will” (Lk 2:13-14), the hymn echoed throughout the countryside by a chorus of angels. Mary was enraptured when the Magi came in adoration, and when she found Jesus in the temple; and she was even more joyous when she heard of and saw the great number and variety of miracles which He was working. Her joy grew more profound as she saw Him ascend into heaven, His seat of glory, accompanied by the angels. But on this day, she was filled with a happiness greater than all of these, greater than can ever be told. Just as the man who found the great treasure in his field, in an unimaginable manner Mary found an infinite glorious treasure in the Resurrection of her son, Jesus Christ.


Musical Selection (Archangel Voices)


The angel cried out to the Lady full of

grace, “Rejoice, rejoice, O Pure Virgin, and

again I say ‘Rejoice,’ your Son is risen from

His three days in the tomb. With Himself

He has raised all the dead, rejoice, all ye

people!” Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for

the glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult

now, exult and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O

most pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of

your Son.

O God, who have been pleased to gladden the world
by the Resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we pray,
that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may receive the joys of everlasting life.
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. (Resurrection of the Lord)