Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 10: Mary Hidden in Advent-Moses in a Basket

                            Pharaoh's Daughter and Attendants with Moses in a Reed Basket, 1661, Jan de Bray

Day 9Moses in a Basket

     Today we will not use The Jesse Tree but instead the Bible.  You could read the story out of a Children's Bible if you have one you like to use.  

     Read:  Exodus 1:8- 2:10.  Hang ornament (basket).
     Although Pharaoh orders all baby Hebrew boys to be killed, Moses's mother hides him and he is miraculously found and raised by Pharaoh's daughter.

     Scripture reference:  Exodus 1-2

     Comment:  Moses's life is spared by the prudence, faith, and courage of his mother so that he might grow up to lead the Israelites to freedom from slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. To give up her son to the Pharaoh's daughter, Moses's mother had to love him more than she loved herself.  By her good counsel, she thought of a plan to save Moses. Our Lady by her faith, prudence, and courage bore Christ in her womb so that He might lead us to freedom from sin and death and into the Kingdom of Heaven. She loved God more than she loved herself.  By her good counsel, she brings us to salvation.

Related Title:  Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel

Quote from Thomas of Villanova in Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel

"If in this world
any creature ever loved God
with whole heart,
with whole soul,
and with whole mind,
she was the creature."
+ St. Thomas of Villanova +

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

Most Glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the Eternal Word made flesh, thou who art the treasurer of Divine graces, and the advocate of sinners, I, thy most unworthy servant, have recourse to thee; be thou pleased to be my guide and counselor in this vale of tears.
Obtain for me through the Most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, the forgiveness of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means necessary to obtain it.
In like manner, obtain for Holy Mother the Church victory over her enemies, and the spread of the kingdom of Jesus Christ upon the whole earth. Amen.
Imprimatur:  + Patrick A. O'Boyle

To learn about the story of the original Lady of Good Counsel image, visit this site.
There are more details on the story of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Gennazzano as well as images for sale here.
ETA: Change of site for information on the miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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