Our Lady 2017-01-18T07:59:04+00:00

Mary, Mother of our Lord

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:

(Priest) The Angel of the Lord brought tidings unto Mary,
and she conceived by the Holy Spirit
(All) Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.* Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
(Priest) Behold the handmaid of the LORD. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
(All) Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.* Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
(Priest) And the Word was made flesh.^ And dwelt among us.
(All) Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.* Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
(Priest) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(Priest) Let us pray,
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Thy Son, Jesus Christ*,
was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross+
be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.
Amen

* It is customary to bow your head at the mention of the name of Jesus

^ It is customary to kneel or bow for these two lines, representing the Incarnation

+ It is customary to make the sign of the cross over your head and breast at the mention of the Lord’s Passion

Our Lady, Mary, Mother of our Lord and Star of the Sea