OCTOBER DEVOTION: DAY 27 – HOW IS MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD? MISCONCEPTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

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DAY 27 PRAYER INTENTION: Today, pray for all those who have been kidnapped and are yet to be released; particularly, we pray for all those kidnapped for the sake of bearing witnesses to Christ as Priests, Religious and Missionaries. May the Great Mother of God visit them, console them, protect them, strengthen them, and touch the heart of their abductors, that they be released safe and sound, to the greater glory of God. Amen (Also add your own intention…)

Now, say the 20 decades of the Rosary…

At the end of the 20 decades, say the following Prayers:

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us!

Litany of Loreto

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us (Repeat after each invocation)

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary,
pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Mercy,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother of Hope,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Saviour,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honour,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Solace of Migrants,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body;
and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Prayer to Saint Joseph after the Rosary

To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, die a holy death, and obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

DAY 27 REFLECTION: HOW IS MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD? MISCONCEPTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

While praying our rosary throughout this month, some of us must have pondered on the phrase: “Mother of God.” While some believe it is appropriate for Our Lady, others may share a different opinion, probably influenced by non-Catholics. For this reason, on this 27th day, we shall briefly examine this glorious title. Let us begin by clarifying the issue at hand.

CLARIFICATION
The dogma of “Mary Mother of God” has been greatly misunderstood, ranging from non-Catholics to lukewarm Catholics. By saying that Mary is the Mother of God, the Catholic Church is NOT saying that Mary is the source of the divine nature among the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, NOR is she the source of the divine nature of the second Person (Jesus). An analogy would suffice in aiding our understanding of this topic, and this would come up towards the end of this post.
The Bible says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” (John 1:1) This “Word” the Scriptures tell us was made flesh [in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary] and dwelt among us. (Cf. Jn. 1:14). This very “Word”, the entire Christendom believes to be our Lord Jesus Christ. Now the pure fact arises: “If Jesus Christ is truly God, then Mary is truly the Mother of God”. But millions of others in Fundamentalist and Evangelical Christian communities would not accept this aspect of the faith. The objections to this great dogma of the faith are essentially two:
OBJECTION 1: WHERE IS THAT IN THE BIBLE?
To say Mary cannot be the Mother of God because Sacred Scripture does not use those explicit words places the Protestants in a very uncomfortable position. They would also have to conclude multiple essential Christian doctrines to be erroneous because they are not found verbatim in the Bible either. Take the Trinity, for example. This doctrine is preeminent among all Christian doctrines—and yet the term “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. Nor are terms like “homoousios” (Greek, “same nature”; Jesus has the “same nature” as his Father) or “hypostatic union” (that is, the union of the nature of man and the nature of God in Christ).
Now, the question the Protestant should ask is: “IS THE CONCEPT OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD REVEALED TO US IN SACRED SCRIPTURE? And we will see that it is. Thus, this first objection is quite easily dismissed. Now, let us journey through the scriptures and see how it explains the concept of MOTHER OF GOD.
In Luke 1:43, we hear Elizabeth clearly: “But why am I so favoured, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” We were told she was inspired by the Holy Spirit to make such pronouncement. She addressed Mary as “the Mother of her Lord (Jesus Christ who is God)”. A careful understanding of that phrase would cast our minds back to the Old Testament antecedent, the conclusion becomes clear. Elizabeth was referring, almost verbatim, to a text from 2 Samuel 6:9 wherein David exclaims concerning the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant: “And David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, ‘How can the Ark of the Lord come to me?’” When Elizabeth “exclaimed with a loud cry . . . Why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me” (Luke 1:42-43), Mary was revealed to be the New Testament Ark of the Covenant. Since the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant bore the two tablets of Stones containing the Law, which is the Word of God, Mary the New Testament Ark bore our Lord Jesus Christ in her womb, who is the Eternal Word of God.
The Ark of the Covenant | Old Testament - God's word, AmenThe question for us, then, is: WAS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THE ARK OF AN EARTHLY MONARCH OR RULER, OR WAS IT THE ARK OF ALMIGHTY GOD? The answer is obvious; It was the Ark of the Almighty God. This does not mean that it was the Ark that created the Almighty God, however, God was pleased to dwell therein. Now, why didn’t we criticize it that how can a simple Ark bear the Almighty God, since the Bible also says that both the heavens and the earth cannot contain God? In the same way, the more glorious New Testament Ark of the Covenant (Mary) is not an Ark of an earthly ruler, but it is the Ark of God (Jesus Christ, our Lord).
The Catholic Church confesses that Mary is truly the “Mother of God” (Theotokos in Greek: God-bearer) (CCC 495). Mary is the Mother of God precisely because Jesus Christ, her Son, is God. And when Mary gave birth, she did not give birth to nature (man), she gave birth to One, divine Person (who has both the nature of God and the nature of man). To deny this essential truth of the faith, as the Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431) declared, is to cut oneself off from full communion with Christ and his Church. The real problem with denying Mary as Mother of God and affirming Mary to be only the mother of the man Christ Jesus is that in doing so, one invariably either denies the divinity of Christ (as the fourth century Arians did), or one creates two persons with regard to Jesus Christ. Either error results in HERESY as clearly expressed “Patrology”. The Councils of Nicaea (325) and Constantinople (381) dealt decisively with the Arian heresy. The Arian Heresy, rather than teaching the TRUTH that Christ is One divine person with two natures—one human, and one divine— hypostatically unified, or joined together, It teaches that Christ is two persons with a merely moral union, which is WRONG. To support the fact that Christ is one person with two natures, the Bible declares to us: “In HIM the whole fullness of DEITY dwells BODILY” (Col. 2:9). And, “In HIM all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible” (Col. 1:16). Nowhere do we read In THEM; we only read of HIM, the divine Person, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Hence, if one prays to a Jesus who is two persons, one prays to a “Jesus” who does not exist!
OBJECTION 2: “QUADRINITY”?
The Protestants may raise another objection, saying: “If God is Trinity, and Mary is the Mother of God, would that not mean Mary is the Mother of the Trinity?” No! Actually, it does not apply.
Paragraph 495 of the Catechism is very clear that Mary is the only Mother of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity because neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit is incarnate. Simple enough. But the problem here may be deeper than just a confusion of persons within the Godhead. The error that may come to mind is: “Even if Mary is only the Mother of the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus is just as eternal as the other two divine Persons are… Thus, in order to be His Mother, Mary would have to be equally as eternal.” This is wrong to conceive because it distorts the idea of the Trinity, making it a Quadrinity. Just as the Ark of the Old Covenant was the befitting dwelling place of God, it doesn’t mean that the Ark was as Eternal as God. The root of this “Quadrinity” problem is a false understanding of what is meant by Mary’s true “motherhood” and perhaps a false understanding of what is meant by “motherhood” in general. Let us take a proper look at what motherhood is concerned by a simple analogy:
For example, I’m the son of my mother. But this does not mean she is the source of my immortal soul. God directly and immediately created my soul as He does with every human being (see Eccl. 12:7). However, we cannot conclude then that my mother is merely “the mother of my body.” She is my mother, period! She did not give birth to only a body; she gave birth to a human person who is a body and soul composite, and that person is me. Analogously, though Mary did not provide Jesus with either his divine nature or his immortal human soul, she is still his Mother because she did not give birth to just a body, or a soul, or nature, she gave birth to One Person (Jesus Christ). And that One Person is God.
The conclusion to the whole matter is inescapable: “If Jesus Christ is One, Eternal and Unchangeable Divine Person—God—and Mary is his Mother, then Mary is the Mother of that One, Eternal and Unchangeable God.
Blessing
Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Shalom!
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Nnekapurour
Nnekapurour
2 years ago

Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
2 years ago

Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

I wonder why any body would debate the fact that Holy Mother Mary is the Mother of God.
Oh Mother of God, pray for me and my loved Ones.

Mabelmary
Mabelmary
1 year ago

Amen

Idudu Maureen
Idudu Maureen
6 months ago

Amen

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
6 months ago

Have mercy on me oh Lord.

Thank you Lord

Doris Okoh
Doris Okoh
6 months ago

Amen!!!

Hwange Thaddeus
Hwange Thaddeus
6 months ago

Thank you Padre for this wonderful clarification and analogies. May Our blessed Mother Mary Mother of God continue to intercede for us as we run to her for help.

Tee Terver Norbert
Tee Terver Norbert
6 months ago

Mary Mother of God, I trust in you,

Tee Terver Norbert
Tee Terver Norbert
6 months ago

Mary Mother of God, pray us poor sinnes Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
6 months ago

Our Lady Queen of the holy Rosary pray for us

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
6 months ago

Holy Mary mother of God, pray for us.

Henry
Henry
6 months ago

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary,.. pray for us

Felix Aondoakua ABUL
Felix Aondoakua ABUL
6 months ago

Our Lady, Mother of God, pray for us, Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
6 months ago

Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Mike-kusah, Vickie
Mike-kusah, Vickie
6 months ago

Thank you Fada for your clarification. God bless you.

Mary, mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Elizabeth Orbanga
Elizabeth Orbanga
6 months ago

Mary mother of God intercede for me

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
6 months ago

Amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
6 months ago

Amen!!!

AONDO Elizabeth
AONDO Elizabeth
6 months ago

Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us. Amen

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
6 months ago

May the goodness of the Lord be upon us , upon our families and upon our lives through Christ our Lord Amen.

EuniceOReur verenyol
EuniceOReur verenyol
6 months ago

Thank you Rev. Fr. for assuring us more and more that Mary is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessing Thompson #821
Blessing Thompson #821
6 months ago

Thank you mother Mary for all your help and support Amen

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
6 months ago

Jesus have mercy on us, mother Mary pray for us.

Pius Victoria Ndidiamaka
Pius Victoria Ndidiamaka
6 months ago

David exclaimed ‘how can the Ark of the Lord come to me”! And Elizabeth exclaimed ‘how can the Mother of my Lord come to me*! And we always pray and shout Oh Lord my God. Our mother Mary is the new Ark of our time. The humble lady that Fiatly carried her God, our God in Her womb and presented Him to us our Redeemer.
Let’s all shout her praise, for She is indeed the Mother of God!
Pray for us oh mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ amen .

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
6 months ago

To your maternal intercession we entrust ourselves and our families and all whom it has pleased God to put on our Salfivic journey of life.

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
6 months ago

Oh Mary Mother of God, pray for us who hope and believe in you

John juliet
John juliet
6 months ago

Amen to our prayers in Jesus name Amen

Anthonia Nwidadah
Anthonia Nwidadah
6 months ago

Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now & at the hour of our death. Intercede for all who are held captive in any way that they may be freed by the miraculous intervention of Jesus our Savoir Amen!

Justina Akende
Justina Akende
6 months ago

#777 Oh Queen of Heaven, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
6 months ago

Queen of peace, pray for us. AMEN.

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
6 months ago

Thank you Fr. I appreciate your explanation. It is very clear that Mary is our mother bcs at His point of death gave her to us to be our mother also. Our Lord addressed her Mother behold your son. Therefore She is the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ..

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
6 months ago

Oh Mary conceived without original sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.

christiana
christiana
6 months ago

Amen

Ezeugwu Eucharia
Ezeugwu Eucharia
6 months ago

Holy Mary mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the our death.

Rumeh
Rumeh
6 months ago

Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
6 months ago

Through d intercession of our lady,may all kidnapped persons most EXPECIALLY those dat propagates d gospel be released in jesus name amen

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
6 months ago

I pray also for those families, businesses,destinies etc, dat are spiritually kidnapped,dat through d intercession of our lady,dey shall be liberated in Jesus name amen

Phyllis Joseph Nweke
Phyllis Joseph Nweke
6 months ago

Amen

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
6 months ago

May our Lady, Holy Mother of God continue to intercede for us to God and may the Lord take away our shame, may He prosper us, as I mark my birthday today and may He grant us our heart desires through Christ Our Lord and for the greater glory of God Amen and Amen.

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
6 months ago

#31 Chinonso Christian Onyegbule 20 Decades of Rosary said to the greater glory of God Amen.

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
6 months ago

Amen

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
6 months ago

Amen

Ebele Ojukwu
Ebele Ojukwu
6 months ago

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen

Thelma
Thelma
6 months ago

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Pray for us

Adeola Odedeji
Adeola Odedeji
6 months ago

Thank uou Jesus for giving us your mother. May she continue to intercede for us Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
6 months ago

Amen

John Nwaokolo
John Nwaokolo
6 months ago

Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death amen . Thanks so much Padre for this exposé shedding more light to dispel the darkness of ignorance. God bless you!

Marymagdalene
Marymagdalene
6 months ago

My Queen, my Mother harken to our supplications and intercede for all those in captivity and secure their release through Christ our Lord… Amen

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