|Icon of Mary, "Seeker of the Lost"|
Every word in Scripture about Mary points to her intimate connection with all who are forgotten, rejected, and pushed aside. She joyfully proclaims: "He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rick he has sent away empty" (Luke 1:52-53). These words today have taken on so much power and strength that... they are considered subversive and can lead to torture and death. Mary is the mother of the living, the new Eve, the woman who lives deeply in heart... She gives hope, inspires the fight for freedom, and challenges us to live with an unconditional trust in God's love.
--Henri Nouwen in ¡Gracias!
A prayer for the Feast of the Birth of Mary +
Almighty and everlasting God,
who stooped to raise fallen humanity
through the child-bearing of blessed Mary:
grant that we, who have seen your glory
revealed in our human nature
and your love made perfect in our weakness,
may daily be renewed in your image
and be conformed to the pattern of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
-from the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England