By Tom Quiner
In the Catholic Church, January 1st celebrates “The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.”
Pope Paul VI described the celebration in his Apostolic Letter, Marialis Cultus:
“This celebration, placed on January 1 …is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in this mystery of salvation. It is meant also to exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the “holy Mother…through whom we were found worthy to receive the Author of life.” It is likewise a fitting occasion for renewing adoration of the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels (cf. Lk. 2:14), and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace.”
The Church characterizes Mary as the Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven.
Over the past two thousand years, artists have strived to capture the significance and beauty of this singular woman.
Mel Gibson is one such artist. In the Passion of the Christ, he blended the savagery of Roman crucifixion with moments of deft tenderness in his depiction of Mary. Although Christ was the centerpiece of his masterpiece, he coaxed an extraordinary performance out of Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern as Mary. The Catholic Church believes that Mary leads us to Jesus.
The video above overlays scenes from Morgenstern as Mary in “The Passion” with the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Pie Jesu” with extraordinary results.
I was particularly moved by the scene where Mary attempts to wipe up every sacred drop of blood spilt by Her Son at the hands of His Roman tormentors.
Mary is more than the Mother of God. She is the Mother of us all.
Be sure to attend Mass to honor this powerful intercessor, Mary, the holy Mother of God.