Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just:
let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.
"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. ... it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety ... It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."
"O God, at Whose passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious Virgin and Mother Mary: mercifully grant that we who with devotion honor her sorrows, may obtain the happy fruit of Thy passion: Who livest and reignst, world without end. Amen.
- Collect from the Mass of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Living the fullness of the liturgical life sometimes results in the overlapping of two sublime feasts. Today is one of those days! In the Ordinary Form Calendar, August 22 is the Queenship of Mary, while in the Extraordinary Form Calendar it is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.