Thursday, December 2, 2010
Day 2: Mary Hidden in Advent-Adam and Eve
I want to emphasize that adding these Marian thoughts to the regular Jesse Tree devotions should be very simple. Just a few comments, maybe a short prayer. This is why my "comments" section is so short, just enough to give a few thoughts we might share simply with our children. Our Lady always brings us to Jesus, her Son, and I do think she would like the focus to remain on Him. Considering her place in the plan of salvation, though, will deepen our love for her, for Jesus, and for God and His good, perfect, and acceptable Will.
Day 2: The Creation of Adam and Eve
Read The Jesse Tree pp. 13 to second divide. Hang ornament (Adam/Eve)
Scripture reference: Genesis 2:1-25
Comment: Eve was a virgin created without sin and she was to be the mother of all living. Mary was conceived without sin and perpetually virgin; she was ordained to be the true Mother of all Christians. Mary lives within the Heart of the Blessed Trinity as a perfect rose lives in Paradise.
Related title of Mary: Mystical Rose
"How did Mary become the Rosa Mystica, the choice, delicate, perfect flower of God's spiritual creation? It was by being born, nurtured and sheltered in the mystical garden or Paradise of God. Scripture makes use of the figure of a garden, when it would speak of heaven and its blessed inhabitants." Cardinal John Henry Newman
Prayer to Maria Rosa Mystica:
Mystical Rose, be Thou blessed, Mother of Divine Grace. Thou has given to the whole mankind Thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ, the Author of Grace.
Mystical Rose, be Thou ever blessed! Thy Divine Son, when dying upon the cross, obtained grace for us, and Thou didst cooperate with Him in this, when the sword pierced Thy Soul.
Mystical Rose, be Thou ever blessed! Thou wert chosen by the Heavenly Father to be the Mistress of His Treasures, stewardess and distributor of all His graces.
Mystical Rose, our Mother! Turn your loving eyes upon the millions of human kind. We beg Thee, we implore Thee, we beseech Thee, let all obtain the grace of God through holy baptism, the sacrament of reconciliation and all other sacraments.
Mystical Rose, Mother of Divine Grace, let us attain to the house of the Heavenly Father, for we are all Thy children and the children of God. Look upon my soul, which through sin is so poor and unworthy.
Mystical Rose, Thou givest to whom Thou willest. I trust in Thee; I open my heart to Thee. Let Thy light irradiate my soul. Make Thy Motherly love, with its measureless and pitiful power; cause my indifferent heart to glow. Fill me with Thy joy, Thy humility and Thy peace!
Mystical Rose, Thou acceptest that Thou art a mother with a special care for all those children who most require Thy help. And so I seek Thy help in all my bodily and spiritual needs. Very particularly, I beg Thee for the following graces (here mention your requests).
Mystical Rose, Thou art the Mother of Jesus Christ and the Mother of Divine Grace. Thou art the Mother of Mercy and the Mother of Life. Thou art our kind Mother and our hope. Enclose me in Thy Immaculate Heart and hear my prayer.
Mystical Rose, pray to Jesus for us (3)
For more beautiful reading for Mom on Mary, the Mystical Rose, enjoy the full text of Cardinal Newman's Rosa Mystica at the lovely Loreto Rosary website. Just scroll down for the text "Mary is the Rosa Mystica by Cardinal Newman, regarding the Annunciation.