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ST. MARY’S WARD

About the patron

Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, is considered to be the greatest of all Christian saints, as she was chosen and prepared by God to be the mother of His Son. She responded to God with great obedience and submission to His plan.

When the angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her she was chosen and favored by God to be the mother of His son, despite her own fear, she exhibited great courage and character: “I am the Lord’s servant…May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38). She also exhibited great courage and character during Jesus’ earthly life and ministry.

While her life held great honor, her calling also required great suffering. Mary was the only person to be present with Jesus at his birth and his earthly death. Mary comforted Jesus as He entered this world, and also as He left it to return to the Father. She devoted herself to being there for her son – through birth, death, and beyond. She was a person of discipleship and faith, and the first true follower of Jesus. Acclaimed as mother, she is sought to give help and strength, as she can obtain for us from her divine Son anything she asks for. The feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8.

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8 and the feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15.

Prayer

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Oh clement, Oh loving, Oh sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, Oh holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

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