Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our Veiled Mother

As there have been three beautiful feasts of Our Lady recently -  Our Lady's Birthday, The Holy Name of Mary and Our Lady of Sorrows - I have been contemplating upon her even more, especially upon her holiness as a Mother and her willingness to unite her own sufferings to her Son's. She had to bear so much, sacrifice and accept so much and is the perfect example both inwardly and outwardly for Mothers to aspire to. 

Our Dear Lady, played by the beautiful Olivia Hussey, shows her as a young maiden, her head covered with a scarf as all Jewish ladies did in the Old Covenant. 

The Marriage of Our Lady and St Joseph- a traditional, Orthodox Jewish Wedding. In Judaism men cover their heads in the holy places and when praying too.

When Our Lady meets St Elizabeth - 'Blessed art thou among women!' 

Their attire and head veils show the customary fashion of women in that century- modest, feminine and humble. 

From 'The Passion of the Christ', Our Sorrowful Mother and St Mary Magdalene wear black veils.

Pain like no other pain. 

'Memorare, O piisima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem  praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia esse derelicta. Nos tali animati confidentia ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, currimus; ad te venimus ; corum te gementes peccatores assistimus. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba nostra despicere, sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.