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 praesentári voluísti: praesta, quaésumus; ut, eius intercessióne, in templo glóriae tuae praesentári 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, I consider 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 and to shield them from the attacks of the Enemy.
Under her protection, as Queen of the Clergy, I pray that she will then bring them to whatever crosses they must endure 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.