The famous Marian antiphon sung in the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.
Loving Mother of our Savior, hear thou thy people’s cry Star of the deep and Portal of the sky! Mother of Him who thee made from nothing made. Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid: Oh, by what joy which Gabriel brought to thee, Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.
I sat outside the church today. I sat outside next to the statue of Mary, she was standing on a pedestal which had been covered in rosaries, incense plates and other things. I prayed for a while. For a long time I sat in the rain praying. Finally, before I left, I reached into my bag and placed the picture I was holding onto for Sara at the feet of Mary. It was a drawing Berit had made for Sara, of Sara lying on top of her bed. I thought it was appropriate.
Last week I posted that I wouldn’t be able to make my annual pilgrimage to Mary’s shrine in Kevelaer, Germany. Since then I have found a way to travel there and back during the first weekend of October.
It will be my 10th visit to the shrine. It will also be the first time I will be able to attend Mass there, plus the first time I go there with my godfather. That’s three causes for celebration!
Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria! Hail, Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria! Triumph all ye cherubim! Sing with us ye seraphim! Heaven and earth resound the hymn! Salve, salve, salve, Regina!
O Mary, remember that in leaving this world thou didst promise not to forget us. Look at us and succour us. See in the midst of what tempests and dangers we constantly are, and shall be until the end of our lives.