Devotion to Mary
We have a special devotion to the Virgin Mary under her many titles, especially that of Mary, Mother of the Church. Our devotion to Mary is one of unbounded confidence, childlike trust, and tender love for so magnificent a Mother. It is especially in Mary, Mother of the Church that we begin to understand our call to religious life more fully. In all that we do, we go to Jesus through Mary.
Each day we pray the rosary followed by a prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and on Sundays we pray the Litany of Loreto. Our chapel has beautiful stained glass windows that reflect ten invocations from the Litany of Loreto, helping us to keep Mary ever in our minds and hearts at prayer.
Our signature song to Our Lady is the Hail Holy Queen and is often sung at community gatherings.
The title ‘Seat of Wisdom’ refers to the throne of Solomon. Mary is wisdom personified, sitting on Solomon’s throne made of ivory and gold (1 Kg 10:18-20). The throne of Solomon is no longer that of human, but of divine wisdom – the Word of God made man.
The moment Mary’s greeting sounded in Elizabeth’s ear, the baby leapt in her womb for joy (Luke 1:44). Mary’s role as announcer and cause of joy, the joy of redemption for all is hope for all who believe in the Good News made flesh in Mary, the cause of our joy.
The expression ‘spiritual vessel’ should be rendered as “instrument of the Holy Spirit.” Mary is both the dwelling place of the Spirit and his “agent” in the Incarnation. “With and through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to the Son of God” (CCC 723).
The word devotion exceeds the narrow meaning of devotional practice and refers to total dedication and fidelity in the service of God. It refers primarily to openness and receptivity of God’s will and grace. God’s grace cannot be exhausted. It takes a ‘singular vessel of devotion’ to receive its plenty, one that has been perfectly purified (Proverbs 25:4).
The symbol of the Tower of David is taken from the Song of Songs. It was applied to Mary, and symbolizes Mary’s womb giving life and protection to Jesus (Richard of St. Laurent). Mary also gives protection to all those who seek refuge against temptation and danger (Abertus Magnus).
The designation “House of Gold” goes back to the “Inner Sanctum” of the Tent of the Covenant and to Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 6:20-22). Mary is called “House of God” because she was the dwelling place of God Incarnate, and as such filled with grace and virtues, especially those of humility and purity.