MAY DEVOTION: UNDERSTANDING THE MARIAN TITLES IN THE LITANY OF LORETO – DAY 30: “HOUSE OF GOLD” (DOMUS AUREA)

HOUSE OF GOLD

The invocation “House of Gold” (Latin, Domus Aurea) of the Litany of Loreto, which we shall discuss today, being the thirtieth day of our devotion, would not be difficult to assimilate if we truly consider the virtues and attributes of Our Lady. The significance of this title would reach its better comprehension with the next title after it: “Ark of the Covenant.” Needless to say that the titles “House of Gold” and “Ark of the Covenant” are closely related. Thus, invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary as “House of Gold,” what does the Church intend to explain?

Simply put, the title: “House of Gold,” is used to describe the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the “Golden House” and the noblest space in history, where the Eternal ‘Word was pleased to dwell and live among us’ (cf. Jn. 1:14). Apparently, Gold is the noblest of metals; as such, the Sacred Vessels used at Mass for the consecration of bread and wine are made of gold or at least coated with gold.

In Jesus’ time, the “House of Gold” was actually the great Temple of Jerusalem which was considered the most sacred place in Israel, because the Tabernacle (where the Ark of the Covenant was kept) was made of the finest gold. In fact, the book of Kings says that ‘everything’ in the Temple was made of gold (cf. 1Kgs 7:50). For this reason, it became known as “House of Gold.” The litany attributes this same title to the Blessed Virgin Mary, recognizing that she is much more than the Temple of Jerusalem. As God’s glory filled the temple (cf. 2Ch 5:14), so also, Mary was filled with the shekinah glory of God: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Lk. 1:35). Being the New Ark where the New Covenant dwelt; her essence must surpass the Ark of the Old Covenant made of finest gold because she is the perfect of God’s creatures. Little wonder the Psalmist makes a prophetic allusion: “On your right stands the Queen in gold of Ophir” (Ps. 45:9)

Therefore, it becomes more significant for us Christians to invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Domus Aurea” (House of Gold), recognizing her immaculateness and inviting her to come and dwell in our homes, because having her in our homes is worth more than any earthly treasure whatsoever. When she dwells in our homes, she makes it precious and golden, bringing also her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ with her. Above all, recognizing her as “House of Gold” also reminds us of the need to strive to be “golden tabernacles,” making ourselves living and fitting temples where God can be pleased to dwell.

Let us pray:

Lord our God, Your Son Jesus Christ was pleased to dwell in the ‘golden temple’ (womb) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary make us ‘golden temples’ where you can dwell forever. Amen.

Oh “House of Gold” (Domus Aurea), pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Shalom!
© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
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Angela Uso
Angela Uso
1 year ago

Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen. Praise God.

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

O blessed mother, help us through your intercession to be worthy vessels that would please your son to dwell forever

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Oh “House of Gold” (Domus Aurea), pray for me, my husband and my children that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
1 year ago

Our Lady, “House of Gold” ( DOMUS AUREA) pray for us to be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Comfort Orjime
Comfort Orjime
1 year ago

O Mary ,Mother most pure and House of Gold.
Pray for us your unworthy Children,now and at the hour of our death.Amen

Priscilla
Priscilla
1 year ago

O house of Gold, pray for us Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
1 year ago

Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Mary our mother, House of Gold and Ark of the Covenant, Pray for us and make us worthy of the promises of Christ amen

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
1 year ago

Amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

Oh house of Gold, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises Christ. Amen.

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
1 year ago

Oh House of Gold
Pray for us

Nwabude Nwamaka
Nwabude Nwamaka
1 year ago

Amen.

Blessing Thompson. #147
Blessing Thompson. #147
19 days ago

House of gold, pray for us and for our intentions amen

Dennis Ukange
Dennis Ukange
19 days ago

Oh, ‘House of God” (Domus Aurea), Pray for Us that we may be made Worthy of the promises of God amen.

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
19 days ago

Mary our Mother House of Gold Pray for us and make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
19 days ago

 “House of Gold” (Domus Aurea), pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
19 days ago

Oh House of Gold pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Ezeugwu Eucharia #G6sssa3 Done
Ezeugwu Eucharia #G6sssa3 Done
19 days ago

Oh, house of Gold, pray for us

Dora Faleye
Dora Faleye
19 days ago

Blessed Virgin Mary, may our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary make us ‘golden temples’ where you can dwell forever. Amen

Judith Eruotor
Judith Eruotor
19 days ago

Our Lady house of gold pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.. amen

Nwadigo Chinyere
Nwadigo Chinyere
19 days ago

House of Gold, pray for us

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
18 days ago

House of Gold, pray for us. Amen

Florence Agbidye
Florence Agbidye
18 days ago

Thank you Fr.for taking time to explain vividly the titles of our most Mary.I am privileged to understand the title house of gold,may our mother Mary help us to be gold vessel in our lives where she and our lord jesus will dwells in

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
18 days ago

May our devotion to blessed Virgin Mary make us golden temples where you can dwell. Forever Amen.

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
18 days ago

House of Gold pray for us

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