In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Tonight’s focus, Mary Mother of the Church, picks up where we left off last Wednesday as we hailed the Blessed Virgin as the Theotokos, that is the Mother of God. You might recall, though it has been a week so we will refresh your memories, that we ended our reflections with a direct comparison between Mary and Eve. Eve gave birth to sin and death. Mary to life. Eve bore a son who would slay his brother. Mary bore the Son who would redeem and save his brothers. Eve was kicked out of paradise. Mary, through the fruit of her womb, made possible our return to paradise. Now before we make the jump to speaking of Mary as the Mother of the Church and of the Faithful, we must first be grounded in the truth that we also have a first and prior mother, not simply a biological one, and that is Eve.
It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos, ever blessed and most pure, and Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.