Did you know that it was during the Second Vatican Council that Mary was proclaimed “Mother of the Church?” That’s right. It was 1964. Although, St. Ambrose of Milan was already calling Mary “Mother of the Church” in the 4th century.
The Church is the mystical body of Christ, and since Mary is the Mother of Christ, Mary is also Mother of the Church, and from heaven will exercise care and vigilance over the members of the Church, especially when they ask for her powerful intercession. This title, “Mother of The Church” was added to the Litany only recently, in 1981, seven months after a would-be assassin tried to kill St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. A marble plaque embedded in the cobblestone plaza marks that spot today, and a window from the Apostolic Palace was bricked up so a mosaic of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, could watch over all of the faithful in St. Peter’s Plaza, and memorialize St. John Paul’s gratitude that Our Lady saved his life.
Mother of the Church, pray for our Church and our nation.
On Saturdays we pray the Joyful Mysteries.