who in your kindness begin all good things
and bring them to fulfilment,
grant to us,
who find joy in the Solemnity of the holy Mother of God,
that, just as we glory in the beginnings of your grace,
so one day we may rejoice in its completion.
Through Christ our Lord.
Prayer over the Offerings for the feast of Mary Mother of God
Sunday was a day of multiple celebrations and commemorations. It was first and foremost the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the Octave Day of Christmas. It was also the the World Day for Peace and, according to our secular Calendar, the first day of the New Year.
The Prayer prayed as the Bread and Wine to be used in the Eucharist were placed on the altar reminds that we are ever at the point of a new beginning. By God’s grace all that would hold us back from progressing in the life of love and faith is subject to his power. If we will receive and participate in his grace then we shall see all things made new, and indeed ourselves be part of that newness.
Graffiti/Street Art, Cracow, Poland. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.