The Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Feast arose from popular devotion in the fifteenth century. By the espousals among the Chosen People, a legal marriage was contracted, and therefore, Mary and Joseph were truly husband and wife. They were deeply devoted and faithful Spouses, as the ardent love they cherished for God naturally overflowed into a pure love and affection for one another. Each virginal Spouse was a continual source of joy and edification to the other; hence, they are the only truly perfect models for husbands and wives. Let us pray to them that the peace and happiness which constantly reigned in the Holy Family, may reign in all of our families, which we have consecrated to them.
“Do not be afraid, Joseph, Son of David, to take unto thee Mary, thy Spouse, for That Which is begotten in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son and thou shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:20-21)
Let us Pray
Assist us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the merits of the holy Spouse of Thy most holy Mother, so that what we cannot obtain of ourselves, may be given us through his intercession. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, One God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.
Most glorious Queen of the Universe, Mary ever Virgin, who didst bring forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of all, plead in our behalf for peace and salvation. Hail Mary…
“I have asked one thing of the Lord, and after this I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; that I may see the delight of the Lord and may visit His Temple.” (Psalm 26:4)
Let us Pray
Bestow on Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts of Thy heavenly grace, that we for whom the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary was the beginning of salvation, may be blessed with peace on the solemn Feastday of her Espousals. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.