January 2, 2014

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The hymns selected for use in the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary are sung on Marian Feast Days and Our Lady's optional Memorial on Saturdays. Beginning at paragraph #508, the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the Church's teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary this way: "From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. 'Full of grace', Mary is 'the most excellent fruit of redemption': from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life. Mary is truly 'Mother of God' since she is the mother of the eternal Son of God made man, who is God himself. Mary 'remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin' with her whole being she is 'the handmaid of the Lord'. The Virgin Mary 'cooperated through free faith and obedience in human salvation'. She uttered her yes 'in the name of all human nature' By her obedience she became the new Eve, mother of the living."

73. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before You
79. Joy to You
80. O Mary, of All Women
156. Mary, Crowned with Living Light
157. Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning
158. Holy Mary, Now We Crown You
159. Mother of Christ
160. Hail, This Festival Day
161. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary
162. Hail, Holy Queen (Deiss)
163. The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky
164. Mother of Holy Hope
165. Mary the Dawn
166. Praise to Mary, Heaven's Gate
167. Queen of Heaven

42. Star of Sea and Ocean
43. Maiden Yet a Mother
44. Mary Crowned with Living Light
45. Hail Queen of Heaven the Ocean Star
46. God Who Made the Earth and Sky
47. Queen on WhoseStarry Brow DothRest

O Gloriosa Domina
O Gloriosa Virginum
Quem Terra, Pontus, Aethera
Quem Terra, Pontus, Sidera

Part 1 - Excerpt from The Footprints of God: Mary by Stephen K. Ray

Part 2 - Excerpt from the The Footprints of God: Mary by Stephen K. Ray 

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