Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Today, August 15, 2020 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Mary, Mother of Our Lord. This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.
“Saint Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mentioned repeatedly in the Gospels and the Book of Acts, with nearly a dozen specific incidents in her life being recorded: her betrothal to Joseph; the annunciation by the angel Gabriel that she was to be the mother of the Messiah; her visitation to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptizer; the nativity of our Lord; the visits of the shepherds and the Wise Men; the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple; the flight into Egypt; the Passover visit to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve; the wedding at Cana in Galilee; her presence at the crucifixion, when her Son commended her to the care of His disciple John; and her gathering with the apostles in the Upper Room after the ascension, waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. Thus she is present at most of the important events in her Son’s life. She is especially remembered and honored for her unconditional obedience to the will of God (‘Let it be to me according to Your Word’ – Luke 1:38); for her loyalty to her Son even when she did not understand Him (‘Do whatever He tells you’ – John 2:1-11); and above all for the highest honor that heaven bestowed on her of being the mother of our Lord (‘Blessed are you among women’ – Luke 1:42). According to tradition, Mary went with the apostle John to Ephesus, where she died.” 1
The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Alleluia.” It is from Luke 1:46b-47.
Old Testament Isaiah 61:7-11
Psalm Psalm 45:10-17 (antiphon v. 6)
Epistle Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel Luke 1:39-55
The hymn appointed for this day is “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” as found on page 670 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may listen and sing along to the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhNwl9sYn1w
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, You chose the virgin Mary to be the mother of Your only Son. Grant that we, who are redeemed by His blood, may share with her in the glory of Your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Jim Tuell
1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 625-626.