Ave Maria, Gratia plena
Hail Mary, Full of Grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou
Et benedictus fructus ventris tuae, Jesus
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb – Jesus
Mother of God,
Ora pro nobis, peccatoribus
Pray for us, sinners,
Nunc et in hora mortis
now and at the hour of our death
Firstly, on this beautiful Feast, Catholic Truth wishes all readers, bloggers and visitors to this site every happiness and grace. For the sake of those visitors who may not be Catholics and unsure of the meaning of this Feast, you can read an explanation here
I suggest that we pray especially for priests today. Our Lady has a particular love for priests – they are, after all, “other Christs” in the world. Much as it pains me to say so, however, we are hearing of all sorts of terrible scandals involving the ordained, almost on a daily basis. The Devil has clearly targeted the priesthood at this time of terrible trial in the Church. Given the exalted place of the priest in God’s plan of salvation, this should not surprise us: “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests.
As always with devotional threads, share your thoughts about any relevant issues, as well as your favourite prayers, hymns, etc.
A very happy Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception to one and all…