O GOD, you have taken to yourself your holy servant Mary, mother of your incarnate Son; through the Blood of your Son Jesus, may we, like her, come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Isaiah 61:10-11; Psalm 45:10-17; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 1:46-55
St. Mary the Virgin is unique among the Saints by virtue of her motherhood of God – our Lord Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of her humble obedience to God, she recognized the uniquely special role to which she had been called; her own psalm in today’s Gospel indicates her realization that “all generations” will called her blessed. The Old Testament reading and Psalm also provide earlier echoes of her song, describing the glorious salvation of God as clothing and jewels like on a bride and groom. The Collect also refers to the glory that she now enjoys in heaven with Christ her Son and her God. And in the midst of this, the Epistle stands out, reminding us that because Jesus was “born of a woman” we can receive adoption as sons. In short, Jesus’ birth from the Virgin Mary is the beginning of our salvation, and as we are adopted into God’s family, we’re brought intimately close to Mary (amidst the entire Communion of Saints) as well.