Greetings on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
In my own prayers today is the role Mary plays in ecumenical relations…within the Body of Christ. I have regular meetings with Protestant ministers and priests concerning various topics pertaining to ecumenism, but one of the topics for tomorrow’s gettogether will be the Blessed Virgin Mary. So, I would like to share the link of the 7th statement of the Evangelicals and Catholic Together (ECT) on Mary entitled, Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin in Christian Faith and Life as it appeared in First Things.
Even though it’s not specific to the Solemnity of the Assumption, this is a fine prayer that appears at the end of the document. It is truly one we can share with our Protestant brothers and sisters…
Almighty and gracious God, Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who was in the fullness of time born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from whom he received our human nature by which, through his suffering, death, and glorious resurrection, he won our salvation, accept, we beseech you, our giving thanks for the witness of Mary’s faith and the courage of her obedience.
Grant to us, we pray, the faithfulness to stand with her by the cross of your Son in his redemptive suffering and the suffering of your pilgrim Church on earth. By the gift of your Spirit, increase within us a lively sense of our communion in your Son with the saints on earth and the saints in heaven. May she who is the first disciple be for us a model of faith’s response to your will in all things; may her “Let it be with me according to your word” be our constant prayer; may her “Do whatever he tells you” elicit from us a more perfect surrender of obedience to her Lord and ours.
Continue to lead us, we pray, into a more manifest unity of faith and life so that the world may believe and those whom you have chosen may, with the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, rejoice forever in your glory. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and forever.
God bless all the DPSers, and may we always “do whatever He tells us!!”
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