This beautiful Feast of the Mother of God, and our mother, is an occasion of great joy because Our Lady's arrival is a sign that Redemption is at hand.
The liturgy of today's Mass calls Mary the fulfilment of God's design in calling all of us to everlasting life.
In the Prayer After Communion from The Roman Missal we pray,
may your Church renewed in this Holy Eucharist,
be filled with joy at the birth of the Virgin Mary,
who brought the dawn of hope and salvation to the world.'
Let us today renew our devotion to Our Blessed Lady, the Refuge of Sinners.
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.