The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness: come, let us adore him.
Year: A(I). Psalm week: 1. Liturgical Colour: Green.
|Saturday memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
‘On Saturdays in Ordinary Time when there is no obligatory memorial, an optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary is allowed.
‘Saturdays stand out among those days dedicated to the Virgin Mary. These are designated as memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This memorial derives from Carolingian times (9th century), but the reasons for having chosen Saturday for its observance are unknown. While many explanations of this choice have been advanced, none is completely satisfactory from the point of view of the history of popular piety.
‘Whatever its historical origins may be, today the memorial rightly emphasizes certain values to which contemporary spirituality is more sensitive. It is a remembrance of the maternal example and discipleship of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, strengthened by faith and hope, on that “great Saturday” on which Our Lord lay in the tomb, was the only one of the disciples to hold vigil in expectation of the Lord’s resurrection. It is a prelude and introduction to the celebration of Sunday, the weekly memorial of the Resurrection of Christ. It is a sign that the Virgin Mary is continuously present and operative in the life of the Church.’
|Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (2001), §188|
|Other saints: Our Lady of Arabia|
The approach of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, honoured under the title Our Lady of Arabia, affords the opportunity to recall with thanksgiving the patronage and protection of the Mother of God over this region. Indeed, it is in the Gulf that we have visible testimony of the divine promise uttered in the Spirit by the holy Virgin herself: all generations will call me blessed. To the faithful of all ages and walks of life who flock to these lands from around the world, the Virgin Mother of God shines as a beacon of hope and trust in the providence and fidelity of God amidst the anxieties of life. The great deeds accomplished by the Holy Trinity through the Blessed Virgin still find a cherished place in the hearts of many people, as evinced by the serene confidence they place in her intercession.
May Our Lady of Arabia, our Mother and our Queen, receive the ardent love and filial reverence of all the faithful living in these regions who trustingly seek her assistance before the throne of God. Our prayer is that, in the words of Pius XII, “all Christians, in honouring and imitating their sublime Queen and Mother, will realize they are truly brothers, and with all envy and avarice thrust aside, will promote love among classes, respect the rights of the weak, cherish peace”. To her who gave birth to the Prince of Peace, we bring especially certain regions of this Vicariate, torn by division and conflict: may “the powerful Queen of creation, whose radiant glance banishes storms and tempests and brings back cloudless skies, look upon her innocent and tormented children with eyes of mercy; may the Virgin, who is able to subdue violence beneath her foot, grant that, while serving the cause of the Gospel, they may also contribute to the strength and progress of nations by their harmonious cooperation, by the practice of extraordinary virtues which are a glowing example in the midst of bitter trials.”
Given at the Bishop’s House in Abu Dhabi, on the first day of January 2017, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
|+ Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar|
The theological virtue of hope is symbolized by the colour green, just as the burning fire of love is symbolized by red. Green is the colour of growing things, and hope, like them, is always new and always fresh. Liturgically, green is the colour of Ordinary Time, the season in which we are being neither especially penitent (in purple) nor overwhelmingly joyful (in white).
|Mid-morning reading (Terce)||1 Kings 8:60-61 ©|
May all the peoples of the earth come to know that the Lord is God indeed, and that there is no other. May your hearts be wholly with the Lord our God, following his laws and keeping his commandments as at this present day.
|Noon reading (Sext)||Jeremiah 17:9-10 ©|
The heart is more devious than any other thing, perverse too: who can pierce its secrets? I, the Lord, search to the heart, I probe the loins, to give each man what his conduct and his actions deserve.
|Afternoon reading (None)||Wisdom 7:27,8:1 ©|
Although she is alone, Wisdom can accomplish everything. She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things for good.
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