Morning Prayer: Mary
March 24, 2014
Prayer by Fr. John Harhager, S.M., President of Marist School:
March is Women’s History Month. This is our opportunity to remember all of the great women who contributed much to our world, our country, our church and to our school community.
It is fitting for our school and during this Season of Lent that we remember Mary – the most important woman in Church history. She was the first disciple, the faithful disciple, the one who stayed with Jesus to the last. We are told in John’s Gospel that she was present at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and was also there at the foot of the cross at the end. She perfectly models for us: Discipleship.
The 13th century hymn, the “Stabat Mater,” is traditionally sung during the Stations of the Cross. I invite you to pray with me as I recite a few of the verses of this beautiful hymn:
At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.
Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
O thou Mother! Fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:
Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.
Mary, seat of wisdom… Pray for us.