Meditating on the second Luminous Mystery of the Rosary, I found myself in awe at the scene in Cana (John 2:3-4):
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.”
The story goes on to recount how the servers followed Jesus’ every instruction, and the wedding party had the best wine at the conclusion of the feast.
What intrigued me during my meditation was the role of Mary as an INTERCESSOR. Through her request, Jesus produced his first recorded miracle. The Church has a long-standing tradition asking Mary to intercede for her needs. For what son would not listen to his mother? And so we honor her as the Mother of our Lord, with prayers for help, and song.
Santa Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild,
Ave Maria! Reine Magd!
|Direct English translation
Ave Maria! Maiden mild,
Heed your children’s prayers,
In the valley of tears, be our shield
Let my prayer waft to you.
We sleep safely until morning,
Your cloak of stars covers us.
O Maiden, see our worries,
O give peace to our hearts!
Ave Maria! Pure maidservant!
Translations from: Ellens dritter Gesang