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The Blessed Virgine Mary at every Mass

28 Jun 2018, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Mater Dei

That the Blessed Virgine Mary attends every Mass sound so weird; really a very strange way of thinking, you may say. Before I continue, it good I let you know that this is not an official doctrine of the Catholic Church, as far as I know. I read some stuff that sparked this thinking in me; you may call it a theological reflection or hypothesis. Whatever name you call it, it makes a lot of sense to me. And I also think it involves a lot of faith.

But if I may ask, do you really think it impossible for the Blessed Virgine Mary to attend all Masses? And by the way, what do you understand the Holy Mass to be? Understanding the meaning of the Mass may help you see sense in my thinking.

The sacrifice of the Holy Mass is not different from the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. However, we must point out that the daily celebration of the Mass is not a daily crucifixion of Jesus Christ; he died once and for all, he will never die again. Therefore, the Mass is the continuous offering of the sacrificial Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to the Father in obedience to his command.

At the foot of the cross was the Blessed Virgine Mary; she never abandoned her Son. She was with him when he made the ultimate sacrifice. And since the Mass is the continuous offering of the same sacrifice she faithfully witnessed to the end, she will always be there whenever it is offered. Mary did not save the world, but she cooperated with God to save the world by her simple, yes, to be used as the channel through which the saviour entered the world. She is present at Mass not as the victim of the sacrifice like her Son, even though the sword did truly pierced her heart as Simeon prophesied. She is present as a member of the Church in active participation in the sacrifice as she did on Good Friday at the foot of the cross. We cannot complete the story of the cross without the story of the sorrowful heart of Mary. So, just as we cannot talk about the cross without the pains of a mother who witnessed her son’s crucifixion, we cannot talk about the continuation of the same sacrifice without the mother. She did not and will never abandon her Son, who is her Lord and God. For these reasons, therefore, Mary is always at every Mass.

Again, this is not a dogma of the Church, but my personal conviction. You have every right to disagree with me.