The Woman in Salvation History

There are forty-six masses to highlight Mary's Place in the liturgy.
by Sister Danielle Peters | Source: Catholic.net
Each one of them refers to a special event, title or role of Mary in Salvation history (Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary). In some of the texts reference is made to Mary's relation to eucharistic themes. We offer texts (opening prayers and prefaces) taken from these masses.

The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord

She is the virgin,
The handmaid of your plan of salvation
Who presents to you the spotless Lamb,
To be sacrificed on the altar of the cross for our salvation. …

Our Lady of Cana

With loving care for the bridegroom and his bride she turns to her Son for help
And tells the servants to do what he commands.
Water is changed into wine, the wedding guests rejoice, as Christ foreshadows the wedding feast that is his daily gift to his Bride, the Church.
In this great sign the presence of the Messiah is proclaimed, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is foretold, and the hour of salvation is foreshadowed when Christ will clothe himself with the royal robes of his passion to shed his blood on the cross for his Bride, the Church. …

Holy Mary, Fountain of Light and Love

Each day the Church also prepares for its children
The table where it nourishes them with bread from heaven,
Born of the Virgin Mary for the life of the world: Jesus Christ our Lord. …

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Fountain of Salvation

In the great mystery of the Incarnation the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Blessed Virgin
And she brought forth your eternal Word, Jesus Christ, the fountain of living water
From which all may satisfy their thirst to be one with you in a communion of love.
The Church also provided for all the faithful the waters flowing from Christ’s side.
These are the rich, life-giving waters served in the sacraments,
So that those who share in them with faith may be filled with the Holy Spirit
And may find Christ, their Savior.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Providence

In Cana of Galilee, when she interceded with her Son
For the bridegroom and bride, he gave the first of his signs;
Water was turned into wine, the wedding guests rejoiced,
And the disciples believed in their Master. …

Immaculate Conception

Purest of virgins, she was to bring forth your Son, the innocent lamb who takes away our sins.


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