Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Mother's Day in Panamá

Queen of peace, pray for us!
Our gaze is directed toward you in great fear, to you do we turn with ever-more insistent faith in these times marked by many uncertainties and fears for the present and future of our planet.
Together we lift our confident and sorrowful petition to you, the first fruit of humanity redeemed by Christ, finally freed from the slavery of evil and sin: hear the cry of the pain of victims of war and so many forms of violence that bloody the earth. Clear away the darkness of sorrow and worry, of hate and vengeance. Open up our minds and hearts to faith and forgiveness!

Mother of mercy and hope: Help every human being of every race and culture to find and embrace Jesus, who came to earth in the mystery of Christmas to give us 'His' peace.
Mary, Queen of peace, give us Christ, true peace in the world!

Here in Panamá today is Mother's Day. This is a BIG DEAL here; a national holiday. Everything is closed, except for the 24 hour Grocery Stores. It's been raining all night so things are pretty quiet, and we're having a special Mother's Day service at our Wednesday 7:30 am Mass this morning.

Panamanians celebrate Mothers' Day on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and the Costa Ricans celebrate Mothers' Day on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Here in Central America, the Blessed Mother and our blessed mothers get to celebrate on the same days.

¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

1 comment:

Fran said...

Ay, que linda! Felicidades!!! 2 years ago today I began my work at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. I love all my blessed mothers.

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