We will play a repeat episode, since I was off on a prayer retreat last weekend. In this season of advent, let us reflect on the crucial role of the Virgin Mary.
For this episode we venerate Mary, the greatest of all the saints. We consider some of the titles given to her from across the Christian tradition: Theotokos, Mother of God, Joy of All who Sorrow, Cause of our Salvation, Mother of the Church. We study how those titles reflect Mary's role in our Christian faith, and how she directs us toward Christ.
The readings covered in this episode include the account of the Annunciation in the gospel of Luke (Luke 1: 26-38), the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), the gospel of John's account of the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), the Angelus prayer. We also refer extensively to Sister Grace Remington's painting of Mary and Eve.