Week 4, Day 7
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 towards us.
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us O holy mother of God.
(This line is read by one person when the Hail Holy Queen is being recited in a group setting.)
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(This line is the response given by the group.)
Mary, Heavenly Jerusalem
Scripture Reading from Revelation 21:1-27
St. John describes the new heaven and new earth that are being presented to God. The new Jerusalem is a beautiful sight to behold a light to the nations.
What do think will heaven be like? No one really knows for sure, but this passage gives us a glimpse. There will be no sorrow, no tears, and everyone will love one another as God loves each of us, only wanting the best for each other. There will be no evil, no breaking of the ten commandments, and there will be perfect friendship with everyone else. This is something we should strive for in our own homes. Think of your efforts to be good and love one another in your families as training for eternity.
Vado ad Patrem (I go to the Father)
As we conclude this week of reflection on the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into Heaven, we ponder this reunion in Heaven. Imagine how glorious that meeting must have been, after Mary’s life on this earth came to a close and she was reunited with her Son. The love she has for God is fully realized when she enters Heaven.
How can you prepare for your entrance into Heaven? We can strive every day to follow God’s command to love Him with all our hearts.
When she was assumed into Heaven, the love that burned in her heart while on earth became glory, and Mary’s soul was clothed in glorious light. Everything she endured on earth, her maternal, virginal, and suffering body, is now in Heaven. She is glorified for our sake, so that we may know that despite our limitations and failings, God can redeem us and we can be perfectly happy with Him in Heaven.
Who are you looking forward to seeing when you get to heaven? Answers will vary, but the Lord Jesus should be first on the list.
Daily Pious Practice Reminder
- This week strive to let the Light of Christ shine in our world by evangelizing others.
Holy God, our Father, all our hope is in you. You have given us the great joy of seeing our Mother enter the beatific vision. In her motherly care, may she bring us with her into this glory, despite our weakness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I Go to the Father
Reflection based on Totus Tuus: A Contemplative Approach to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, edited by Fr. Nathan Cromly.