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MEMORIAL OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

MEMORIAL OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
Mother by any other name

To Argentinians, she’s Our Lady of Lujan. To Cubans, she’s Our Lady of Charity. She’s Our Lady of the Assumption in India and Our Lady of High Grace in the Dominican Republic. In the Americas, we turn to our beloved patron as Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Immaculate Conception. Entire countries and countless religious orders—think Maryknollers and Marianists and the Servants of Mary—rely on her favor and protection. While her names are many and her patronage broad, we turn to Mary for her most ancient title of all: Theotokos, “God-bearer.” How will you follow Mary’s example to bring God into the world today?

Today’s readings:Genesis 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14; John 19:25-34 (572A).

“He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ ”

Prepare the Word

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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