On this Altar

Today in the Church’s silence, there is a custom of waiting with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in her sorrow over the death of her Son. From the Canossian Manual of Prayer (1953, p. 252):

The Cross, planted more in the heart of Mary than on the earth; on the Cross, your sacrifice, Jesus, was fulfilled in the Heart of your Mother, now desolate she receives death in her arms. Here is the altar of your priestly consecration, oh Jesus, and of your immolation. From this altar you have were presented in Bethlehem, in the Temple, at Nazareth…and now on Calvary. And on this altar I contemplate with profound piety.

As the Mary welcomes your still body, your Eucharistic body, I too welcome you, but I would like to do the same, for the sake of the immaculate and immolated heart of the Virgin Mother – yours and mine. To this end, I place myself  on the altar of this Heart, longing to become a holy sacrifice, spiritually, and worthy of divine communion always.

Pater Noster, Ave Maria

Miserere nostri, Domine. Miserere nostri.


A Medley Minute with Fr. Samuel Medley, SOLT, Waiting with Our Lady