Ave Maria Mẹ Chúa Cứu Chuộc

Quí THĐC thân mến của em, ngày mai, theo giờ ở Mỹ, và hôm nay, theo giờ VN, gần 5 giờ sáng, là ngày mừng kỷ niệm 79 năm được ơn lập ḍng của Anh Cả, vào đúng Thứ Sáu Lễ Mẹ Đau Thương (theo lịch bấy giờ), mà năm 2020 này là Thứ Bảy 4/4. Đó là lư do, nếu không ngăn trở về phụng vụ, Ḍng Mẹ Đồng Công Cứu Chuộc của chúng ta, theo tên gọi liên hệ mật thiết bất khả phân ly với thời điểm được ơn soi động sáng lập này, cử hành Lễ Mẹ Sáng Lập Ḍng. 

Thật là trùng hợp, năm 2020 này, vào Thứ Sáu ngày 3/4, áp ngày 4/4 lịch sử ngày xưa của ḍng chúng ta, ĐTC Phanxicô đă nhắc lại lễ này, (lần đầu tiên sau các thời giáo hoàng sau Công Đồng Chung Vaticanô II), trong Thánh Lễ 7 giờ sáng nay ở Nguyện Đường Nhà Khách Matta, và trong bài giảng, ngài đă nói về 7 Sự Thương Khó Đức Mẹ. Xin mời chúng ta đọc bài giảng của ĐTC hôm nay, như dưới đây, bằng Anh ngữ, chắc hầu hết chúng ta đều giỏi Anh ngữ, không cần em chuyển dịch như các bài khác. 

Sau nữa, ngày 4/4/2020 này ở Việt Nam năm nay, sau 79 năm được thành lập, Giáo Hội Việt Nam, theo gương của ĐTC Phanxicô trong Tối Cầu Nguyện Toàn Cầu Thứ sáu 27/3/2020 vừa qua, cũng biến Ngày 4/4/2020 này trở thành một Ngày Cầu Nguyện Toàn Quốc trong Mùa Đại Dịch Cổ Vịt 19 năm 2020. Xin mời quí THĐC đọc bài chia sẻ của ĐTGM Ngô Quang Kiệt về Ngày Cầu Nguyện Toàn Quốc này, em chuyển đến THĐC đầu tiên trong các nhóm, ở cái linh cuối bài giảng của ĐTC dưới đây nhé.



This Friday of the Passion, the Church recalls the sorrows of Mary, the Addolorata [Sorrowful One]. This Veneration of the People of God is centuries-old. Hymns have been written in honour of the Addolorata: She was at the foot of the cross, and we contemplate Her there, suffering. Christian piety has brought together Our Lady’s sorrows and speaks of “seven sorrows.” The first, just 40 days after Jesus’ birth, Simeon’s prophecy, which speaks of a sword piercing Her heart (Cf. Luke 2:35). The second sorrow is the flight into Egypt to save the Son’s life (Cf. Matthew 2:13-23). The third sorrow <is> those three days of anguish when the Boy <Jesus> remained in the Temple (Cf. Luke 2:41-50). The fourth sorrow is when Our Lady meets Jesus on the way to Calvary (Cf. John 19:25). Our Lady’s fifth sorrow is the death of Jesus, of seeing Her Son there, crucified, naked, <and> dying. The sixth sorrow, the deposition of the dead Jesus from the Cross. She takes him in Her hands as She took Him in Her hands more than 30 years before at Bethlehem. The seventh sorrow is Jesus’ burial. And thus, Christian piety follows this way of Our Lady, who accompanies Jesus. It does me good, in the late afternoon, when I pray the Angelus, to pray these seven sorrows as a remembrance of the Mother of the Church, how the Mother of the Church gave birth to all of us with so much pain.

Our Lady never asked anything for herself — never. Yes, She did for others. We think of Cana, when She goes to speak to Jesus. She never said: “I am the Mother; look at me, I will be the Queen Mother.” She never said it. She doesn’t ask for something important for herself in the Apostolic College. She only accepts to be Mother. She accompanied Jesus as a disciple, because the Gospel makes it seen that She followed Jesus with friends, pious women, She followed Jesus; She listened to Jesus. Someone once recognized Her: “Ah, here is the Mother: “Your Mother is here” (Cf. Mark 3:31). She followed Jesus  –- to Calvary. And, standing there . . . the people surely said: “But, poor woman, how She will suffer,” and the evil ones surely said:” She too is to blame, because if She had brought Him up well this wouldn’t have ended so.” She was there, with the Son, with the Son’s humiliation. We must honour Our Lady and say: This is my Mother,” because She is Mother. And this is the title She received from Jesus, precisely there, in the moment of the cross (Cf. John 19:26-27). You are Mother <of> your children. He didn’t make Her Prime Minister or give Her titles of “functionality,” — only “Mother.” And then, the Acts of the Apostles have <us> see Her in prayer with the Apostles as Mother (Cf. Acts 1:14). Our Lady did not take any title from Jesus. She received the gift of being Mother to Him and the duty to accompany us as Mother, to be our Mother. She didn’t ask to be a quasi-Redemptrix or a Co-Redemptrix, no. The Redeemer is only one and this title is not duplicated.  <She is> only a disciple and Mother. And so, as Mother we must think of Her, we must seek Her; we must pray to Her. She is the Mother — in the Mother Church. In Our Lady’s maternity we see the maternity of the Church, that receives all, good and evil — all.

It will do us good today to pause a while and to think of the pain and the sorrows of Our Lady. She is our Mother. And She brought good there, with strength, with weeping, it wasn’t a feigned crying; it was in fact a heart destroyed by sorrow. It will do us good to pause a while and to say to Our Lady: “Thank you for accepting to be Mother when the Angel said it to You, and thank You for accepting to be Mother when Jesus said it to You.”

The Pope ended the celebration with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, inviting the faithful to make a Spiritual Communion.

Here is the Prayer Recited by the Pope:

My Jesus, I believe You are really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. As I cannot receive you sacramentally now, at least come spiritually into my heart. As if You have already come I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Do not permit me to be ever separated from You. Amen.

Before leaving the Chapel, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the ancient Marian antiphon Ave Regina Caelorum (Hail Queen of Heaven) was intoned.

Hail, Queen of Heaven, hail Lady of the Angles, gate and root of salvation, bring light into the world. Delight, glorious Virgin, beautiful among all women; hail O Holy One, pray for us to Christ the Lord.



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