Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Tuesday, December 19, 2006



MEDIATOR DEI

Our Blessed Mother:
Among the saints our Blessed Lady receives a special veneration. She is more closely linked with the mysteries of her divine Son; she has followed Him more closely and with more merit than any other saint; she has more grace and power with the Son and the Father than anyone else. Holier than the angels, she enjoys greater glory than all the other saints, for she is "full of grace." She gave birth to our Redeemer and became our Mother at the foot of the cross. She teaches us every virtue and gives us her Son and with Him all the help we need. So we must place ourselves and all we have under her patronage. For God "wished us to have everything through Mary," as St. Bernard says.
Throughout the liturgical journey which begins anew for us each year under the sanctifying action of the Church and aided by the saints, especially our Mother Mary, let us draw near to our High Priest that with Him we may share His life and sentiments, and by Him penetrate "even within the veil" and there honor the Eternal Father always.
[Excerpted from 'Mediator Dei', Pius XII, November 20, 1947]