21 Nov: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With a prayer of my own.

Today is the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Presentation in the Temple.

The Collect for the Mass in the traditional form:

Deus, qui beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, Spíritus Sancti habitáculum, hodiérna die in templo præsentári voluísti: præsta, qu?sumus; ut, eius intercessióne, in templo glóriæ tuæ præsentári mereámur.

O God, who desired that the Blessed Ever-virgin Mary, dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, be presented today in the Temple: grant, we beseech Thee; that by her intercession, we may merit to be presented in the temple of Thy glory.

Such a simple, and straight forward prayer.

As I read it, thinking about the present state of crisis in the Church, I ask the Blessed Virgin, Queen of the Clergy, to take all the bishops under her protecting mantle shield them from the attacks of the Enemy and to bring them to…

… whatever crosses they must endure now, in expiation and in reparation and in the right guidance of the flock to that heavenly temple of God’s glory which we have longed for in the prayer.

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3 Responses to 21 Nov: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With a prayer of my own.

  1. jaykay says:

    Interesting that St. Joachim is shown as a relatively young man. Not getting confused with St. Zachary, but I had thought that the Tradition was that he was older? Still – beautiful Collect. Ut omnes nos in hoc templo praesentari mereamur.