Lenten Journey with Mary
Our Lady’s intercession.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:
Praying With MaryWhen we say that Mary prayed,
what words, what petition was hiding in her heart?
Maybe David's words she said?
"Have mercy O God, in your lovingkindness?" (Psalm 51:1)
Her voice fashioned in soft morning chant? "Create in me O God, a whole and faithful heart."(Ps 51:10)
Was Mary's prayer alive?
"In my inmost heart teach wisdom"; (Ps 51:8) "sounds of joy and gladness." (Ps51:10)
"Yet there we seek the LORD," (Dt 4:29)
binding hearts as Mary prayed, pledging love.
Was the Great Shema Mary's prayer?
"Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul.
... and all your strength." (Dt 6: 3)
Knowing Yahweh's call she prayed:
"Take to heart these words I enjoin on you today." (Dt 6:6)
And so she agreed,
and put Him in her heart ...so He would make us whole.
Well, yes, we remember.
Sheltering Him, He grew in quiet beneath her heart,
as she was pondering ... pondering from the start. (Luke 2:51)
Reflection on the image:
This is a standing bas relief of the 12th century. Virgin Mary's name is indicated at the top in a Greek abbreviation meaning "Miter Theotokon" telling us she is the Mother who bore God. She stands in an ancient position of prayer, with both hands extended. This is called the "orans" stature of prayer as it was known in the early Church -- where people stood, instead of kneeling, and raised their arms proclaiming Christ's resurrection. The graceful flow of her garment draws attention to an ancient account of an apparition of Mary near Constantinople in the 10th century (at a place called Blachernae.) She appeared on the altar step of a small chapel, extended her robe and called all the faithful to find help and protection under her mantle. She is often called the Virgin of Protection. This image reminds us a lot of the stance that Virgin Mary takes in the miraculous medal.
Check out the all the Lenten Journey with Mary meditations.
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