Saturday, October 20, 2007

Unknown Master, Flemish Visitation.
Groeninge Museum, Bruges


And Mary said: "My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." (Luke 1:46-48)

VENERATION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD: In the Magnificat Mary said prophetically: "From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." This prophecy has been fulfilled in the Catholic Church, for our holy Church honors Our Lady by special feasts and special devotions. How would it be possible not to pay honor to her whom God raised to such a high dignity, and praised in such a manner by the mouths of Gabriel and Elizabeth! Our Veneration of the holy Mother of God is well founded both on Holy Scripture and on reason.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)