Marialis Cultus

Friday, January 1, AD 2016




To All Bishops in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See

February 2, 1974



Division of the Treatise Occasion and Purpose of the Document

Venerable Brothers:

Health and the Apostolic Blessing

From the moment when we were called to the See of Peter, we have constantly striven to enhance devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, not only with the intention of interpreting the sentiments of the Church and our own personal inclination but also because, as is well known, this devotion forms a very noble part of the whole sphere of that sacred worship in which there intermingle the highest expressions of wisdom and of religion(1) and which is therefore the primary task of the People of God.

Precisely with a view to this task, we have always favored and encouraged the great work of liturgical reform promoted by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, and it has certainly come about not without a particular design of divine Providence that the first conciliar document which together with the venerable Fathers we approved and signed in Spiritu Sancto was the Constitution Sacrosanctum concilium. The purpose of this document was precisely to restore and enhance the liturgy and to make more fruitful the participation of the faithful in the sacred mysteries.(2) From that time onwards, many acts of our pontificate have been directed towards the improvement of divine worship, as is demonstrated by the fact that we have promulgated in these recent years numerous books of the Roman Rite, restored according to the principles and norms of the same Council. For this we profoundly thank the Lord, the giver of all good things, and we are grateful to the episcopal conferences and individual bishops who in various ways have collaborated with us in the preparation of these books.

We contemplate with joy and gratitude the work so far accomplished and the first positive results of the liturgical renewal, destined as they are to increase as this renewal comes to be understood in its basic purposes and correctly applied. At the same time we do not cease with vigilant solicitude to concern ourself with whatever can give orderly fulfillment to the renewal of the worship with which the Church in spirit and truth (cf. Jn. 4:24) adores the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, “venerates with special love Mary the most holy Mother of God”(3) and honors with religious devotion the memory of the martyrs and the other saints.

The development, desired by us, of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is an indication of the Church’s genuine piety. This devotion fits-as we have indicated above-into the only worship that is rightly called “Christian,” because it takes its origin and effectiveness from Christ, finds its complete expression in Christ, and leads through Christ in the Spirit to the Father. In the sphere of worship this devotion necessarily reflects God’s redemptive plan, in which a special form of veneration is appropriate to the singular place which Mary occupies in that plan.(4) Indeed every authentic development of Christian worship is necessarily followed by a fitting increase of veneration for the Mother of the Lord. Moreover, the history of piety shows how “the various forms of devotion towards the Mother of God that the Church has approved within the limits of wholesome and orthodox doctrine”(5) have developed in harmonious subordination to the worship of Christ, and have gravitated towards this worship as to their natural and necessary point of reference. The same is happening in our own time. The Church’s reflection today on the mystery of Christ and on her own nature has led her to find at the root of the former and is a culmination of the latter the same figure of a woman: the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ and the Mother of the Church. And the increased knowledge of Mary’s mission has become joyful veneration of her and adoring respect for the wise plan of God, who has placed within His family (the Church), as in every home, the figure of a Woman, who in a hidden manner and in a spirit of service watches over that family “and carefully looks after it until the glorious day of the Lord.”(6)

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5 Responses to Marialis Cultus

  • In the Novus Ordo calendar, which most of the Catholic world follows, today is the solemnity of Mary, Mother of Christ. In the old Latin Calendar, it is the Circumcision of Christ.

    Either way, Happy New Year to you and yours, Mr. McClarey.

  • I hope you and your family have a great New Year PF!

  • “In the old Latin calendar, it is the Circumcision of Christ.”-Penguins Fan.

    The two forever woven into the mysteries of salvation. Her blood and flesh chosen by God to form the Son. The first blood to be sacrificed for humanity is a sharing of blood..Mary’s as well as Jesus’.
    Then thirty three years later she suffers the Passion invisibly, Her blood and her Son’s blood. His every drop poured out for us. Hers through her Immaculate Heart. The sorrowful heart pierced through and through.

    Here’s to everyone’s renewal of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


  • Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and ,after this our exile show unto us the Blessed Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.”

    “O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us O Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.”
    “Therefore, I fly to you O virgin of virgins, my Mother. “

  • If you are receiving Jesus worthily, in reception of the Eucharist, then you are partaking in some measure the Holiness of Mary. In this sense you are taking Mary into your home, as John the beloved did at Jesus’ offering (Jn.19:26-27). To be honored to have Mary in your house, (heart and soul), is to have a mother that helps you to clean up. She has eye’s to see the imperfections of your own haphazard cleanings, so that when you take out the garbage, (reconciliation) your taking it ALL out. Her Son then finds rest in this Temple. The love he places there,the Holy Spirit, is gift. Pure gift. The Mother loves her children.

    When Protestant believers disrespect the importance of Jesus’ Mom, I like to remind them of Archbishop Fulton J Sheen’s remarks;
    “Are we told by the good Lord that we must become like on of these..(children)… before we can enter into God’s Kingdom? Why yes!
    So it makes perfect sense to honor our Mother who loves children and has only their best interest in mind.” Going from memory here.
    Child like trust be yours before your journey home.

Mother of God

Sunday, January 1, AD 2012

It is appropriate that on the first day of the year we honor the woman who brought the Alpha-Omega to us.  It has ever been the glory of the Catholic Church that we venerate the Mother of God.  From His Cross, Christ told the the Apostle John to look at Mary and behold his Mother, an indication that he was entrusting all of mankind into the maternal care of His mother.  Throughout the ages Mary has ever been vigilant to continue to make visits to her children, visits that we celebrate at Tepeyac, Lourdes and Fatima, to name only a few of hundreds.  God recognizes how precious to us are our Earthly mothers, and he deigns to share His mother with us.  We see in God’s love for Mary a glorious reflection of the love He has for each of us.

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4 Responses to Mother of God

  • “Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly to you O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come. Before you I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise my not petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.”

  • From Father Philip Neri Powell:

    Saint Louis de Montfort wrote:

    “If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins ‘you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.’ Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if– and mark well what I say– if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”

    Our Blessed Mother deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Holy Rosary. Her desire is to inspire in our hearts a sincere love for this devotion in order that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption which are recalled in it, we may be enriched with its fruits, obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and . . .

  • It took billions of dollars and millions of lives and six years of destructive war to defeat Hilter. Yet when Communism fell, it was without war or mass destruction, but by the Lady of Fatima responding to the prayers to her for the conversion of Russia, and working through a Polish labor union electrican. Pray the Rosary for peace,