In the Gospel of Luke, we hear the angel’s timeless proclamation to Mary,
“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among
women” (Luke 1:28). Every generation of Christians must contemplate these
angelic words, for Mary is the Theotokos and Mother of Our Lord. Every culture
must confront her mystery. Through its worship services, the Church gives us
many opportunities to consider the place of the Mother of Jesus Christ in our
lives. The beautiful Paraclesis service, sung every day during the Virgin’s
Lent, offers the perfect vehicle to do just that. Sung from the first to the
fifteenth of August, and at other times of illness and distress, the Paraclesis
is a supplicatory song, a canon of praise, a collection of eight odes of love,
a series of poems celebrating with honor the mother of God. Father David Smith
shares with us his own personal meditations on Mary, based upon his reflections
on the Paraclesis service. If you have a longing to make the Theotokos a greater
part of your life — to bless her, as commanded by Gabriel — These
thoughtful contemplations will encourage and profit you immensely.
Softbound. 104 pp.