The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Mother of Christ

In the eternal designs of the Creator, the Saviour whom He promised to our first parents in the garden of Paradise, ere He bade them to depart forever from it, and in the sweat of their face, earn their livelihood, was none other than His Divine Son, Jesus.

He it was who should crush the head of the serpent, through whose malice sin entered our human nature. This Saviour of men will be of the seed of the woman, and will, therefore, take unto Himself of her flesh and blood. He will tabernacle in her chaste womb. He is called Christ: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Mary is, therefore, His Mother, for He did in reality descend into her virginal womb, took unto himself of her flesh and blood, and was born of her. Albeit true God, He is true man also, of the substance of the Virgin Mary.

Between Christ and Mary there is the real relationship of Mother and Son. Mary is His Mother; Jesus is her Son. He was, in His humanity, subject to the Blessed Virgin, as every dutiful son is reverent and obedient to his mother. “He went down to Nazareth and was subject to them” (Luke 2:51). Christ loved His Mother tenderly while on earth, and loves her now devotedly in Heaven.

The first public miracle performed by Jesus, the first manifestation of His Divine power was in obedience to the wish of His Mother, at the marriage feast of Cana, when He changed the water into wine.

After His cruel, bitter passion, after His trying journey to Mount Calvary, after being nailed to the gibbet of the cross, even in the very throes of death, the loving heart of the Child went out to His Mother, whom he sees sorrowful beneath His Cross, and He prays His beloved Apostle, Saint John, to care for her, and take her as his own mother.

When He had provided for the best, the greatest and dearest of His treasures on earth, His Mother, He is prepared to give up His spirit into the hands of His Heavenly Father for our redemption; bowing, therefore, His head, he spoke the word: “It is consummated,” and died.

“What more can I do than give my life for you.” These words of Christ are especially applicable to His Mother Mary, for whilst He died for the redemption of all men, it was through the anticipated merits of His holy passion and death that His Mother, Mary, was conceited immaculate, and thus made worthy of the sublime dignity to which she was called.

The relationship between Christ and Mary, the ever glorious Blessed Virgin, exists now, though both are in the Kingdom of Heaven, as well as it did while they lived on earth.

In the world Christ obeyed and revered her, and this same obedience and reverence He still owes her in Heaven. His filial affection for her never wanes. His respect for her is that of a devoted Son, while His love for her is greater than for all the blessed in Heaven.

With all confidence can we appeal to the Mother of Christ, our life, our sweetness and our hope, that she pray and intercede for us, at the throne of her Divine Son, for Christ will not turn a deaf ear to the supplications of His Mother, the ever spotless Blessed Virgin Mary.