A Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

St James, Calgary

Heavenly Father, who chose the Virgin Mary, full of grace, to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour, now fill us with your grace, that we in all things may embrace your will and with her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

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A Homily for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Cross, Calgary & St Aldhelm’s, Vulcan

O GOD Most High, who didst endue with wonderful virtue and grace the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord: Grant that we, who now call her blessed, may be made very members of the heavenly family of him who was pleased to be called the first-born among many brethren; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.

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Sing we of the Blessèd Mother

Sing we of the blessèd Mother (St Lk 1. 42, 48b)
who received the angel’s word, (St Lk 1. 30-33)
And obedient to his summons (St Lk 1. 38)
Bore in love the infant Lord; (St L1 1. 46b-48a)
Sing we of the joys of Mary
At whose breast that child was fed (St Lk 11. 27)
Who is Son of God eternal (St Lk 1. 33; St Jn 1. 1, 2)
And the everlasting Bread. (St Jn 6. 35)

Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows,
Of the sword that pierced her through, (St Lk 2. 34, 35)
When beneath the cross of Jesus
She his weight of suffering knew,
Looked upon her Son and Saviour (St Jn 19. 25b)
Reigning high on Calvary’s tree,
Saw the price of man’s redemption
Paid to set the sinner free. (Eph 1. 7; I St Pt 1. 18, 19; 2. 24)

Sing again the joys of Mary
When she saw the risen Lord,
And in prayer with Christ’s apostles,
Waited on his promised word; (Acts 1. 14)
From on high the blazing glory
Of the Spirit’s presence came,
Heavenly breath of God’s own being,
Manifest through wind and flame. (Acts 2. 2-4)

Sing the chiefest joy of Mary
When on earth her work was done,
And the Lord of all creation
Brought her to his heavenly home; (Rev 11. 19)
Virgin Mother, Mary blessèd,
Raised on high and crowned with grace, (Rev 12. 1)
May your Son, the world’s redeemer,
Grant us all to see his face.