Morth Mariam Yeldos Aloho, (St. Mary) Part-5
- One who spiritually bears Christ is Christian, Gal 4:19. St. Mary
since spiritually and physically bore Christ is first of all
Christians. She was sinless. She is roll model for all mothers and
all Christians of all ages and more especially in these days of
lacking roll models. It is every Christian's duty to say she is
blessed, Lk 1:48. Failure to say so would be utter disregard of what
the Holy Spirit proclaimed, "Henceforth all generations shall call me
blessed," Lk 1:48. The word `henceforth' weakens the Roman Catholic
claim of "Immaculate birth of Mary." Her blessedness is not because
of her birth but because she divinely conceived Jesus in her womb.
Her blessedness is not from the time she was conceived in her
mother's womb but from the time Holy Spirit came upon her.
It was angel Gabriel who first greeted her, blessed, Lk 1:28. It was
Holy Spirit through Elizabeth's mouth who first venerated her
calling, "Mother of my Lord," Lk 1:43. By venerating her we are
honoring Jesus and fulfilling obligation that Bible demands of us.
September 8 is imagined as birthday of St. Mary. 8 days' lent is
rigorously observed from first to eighth day of September. The lent
comes to a close by commemoration of her birthday. This is not
canonical but laity sponsored lent. Its date of origin is unknown.
Variant traditions are claimed. Most certainly it started before
eighteenth century somewhere in Europe out of extreme piety to the
blessed mother of God. Proven efficacy of her mediation alone is its
advertisement. Numerous miracles including healing of the sick,
abandonment of evil life style, exorcism, granting of personal
wishes, etc are widely reported from every quarter, irrespective of
gender, race or color or national differences.
Early writings like Biography of St. Mary, expository songs and
prayers says, Jesus with host of angels appeared at the time of her
departing. Disciples were gathered to the scene as informed by Holy
Spirit from the respective mission fields. Jesus asked blessed mother
if she had any wish. The blessed mother implored her only Son Jesus
Christ to grant the believers genuine wishes they make through her
intercession. Jesus instantly promised to do so and took her to
Apostle Mathew entreated for mother's intercession in his prison
cell. The iron railings of the cell melted away and he escaped. Tipu
Sultan invaded Kerala. He reached Alwaye in 1789. The infamous Tipu
and his Muslim soldiers let loose atrocities on Christian women. The
dismayed hapless women resorted to fasting and prayer on the other
bank of the river for 8 days and sought intercession of St. Mary.
Governor General Lord Mornington, attacked his head quarters at
Sreerangapatnam. Tipu was forced to go back to defend his head
quarters but he could not. On the way back he fell from horse and
succumbed to injuries sustained from the fall and prematurely died.
The poor faithful women were miraculously saved from the brutality of
Millions worldwide testify favors received through blessed
mother's intercession. Manarkadu, Velankanni, miracle chapathi and
the like stand out as living testimonies to her intercession.
Her prayers be strong hold to us!
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