And what a beautiful dimension of Advent. The pregnant Virgin Mother of God, sings her song, a song that echoes the song of faithful Hannah, blessed with the grace of maternity. And she sings it in the presence of holy John, the Forerunner, who hears the Word in utero, and keeps it in his heart, until he is good and ready to preach it himself. And while Mary's song looks back to Hannah and to the Old Covenant, while it is sung with her own glorious story in mind, it also reverberates down through the ages, to this very day, for the Church, typified by Mary herself, has made this song its own. This is done at least as often as the Daily Office is prayed at Vespers.
Mary, and with her the mystery of her Son's Incarnation, is commemorated in other ways as well. At Saint Stephen's, Milwaukee, Mary is commemorated at each Sunday Mass in the regular prayers. In doing so, we honor the One who is her divine Son, and we do so in the hope of imitating the Godly faith of this holy Virgin. What follows is the intercession we use. It is adapted from the one that has been used at a sister parish for years.
Let us commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints, that we may follow them in godly faith.
Heavenly Father, we give Thee high praise and hearty thanks for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all Thy saints, from the beginning of the world, and chiefly in the glorious and most blessed and ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of Thy Son Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, and in the holy Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, and martyrs, whose examples, O Lord, and steadfastness in Thy faith, and keeping Thy commandments, grant us to follow. Lord, in Thy mercy:
Hear our prayer.