When I think of my own Mother, I think of someone whom I lovely very deeply and who has given so much of herself in order to raise my sibling and I. She is one who laughs and enjoys the company of her friends. Concerned with the matters of our lives. She reminds me of the mother of us all, Mary – the Theotokos.
Since the fourth century and onward Mary has been known as the Theotokos, the Mother of God – bearing the very Word of the Father in her womb. She participated fully in the redemption of humanity and in obedience to the Father’s will. And when her time on earth was completed, God in his goodness assumed Mary into heaven. SHE IS WHAT WE HOPE TO BECOME. Today, the Church celebrates her birth.
Let us continue to mold our prayer lives and discipleship after that of the Virgin Mary.
Sub tuum praesidium – an ancient prayer of prayer in the Church
We fly to your Protection, O Virgin Theotokos. Do not despise our prayers in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, for you-alone-are pure and blessed. O most glorious ever-Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to your Son and our God, so that-through you, Mother of God- He may enlighten and save our souls. Amen.