Mary the Mother of our Lord has been venerated since the early days of the Christian Church. She is considered by millions of Christians to be the most worthy of all the Christian saints and the one most to be emulated in our everyday lives.
The Gospel of St. Luke begins its account of Mary’s life with the Annunciation, that is, the appearance of the angel Gabriel to her announcing her divine selection to be the mother of Jesus. According to the Gospels, Mary was also present at the Crucifixion of her son, Jesus and the image of her holding the dead body of her son (the Pieta) is often found in Churches, alongside statues depicting the nativity. You will also find these in the Lady Chapel at St. Peter’s. Mary became the most revered member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. At the end of her earthly life her body was assumed directly into Heaven. This is known in the West as the Assumption.
At St. Peter’s Church we regularly keep the feast days relating to the various stages of the life of Our Lady Mary.
We also pray with her regularly, as part of the Communion of Saints, and often sing or say the Angelus and the Hail Mary as part of our community prayer. Please join with us: