Friday, September 12, 2008

Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary...

Giovanni Bellini, c.1490 Detail: Madonna with two saints.

In accordance with Jewish custom our Lady's parents named her eight days after her birth, and were inspired to call her Mary. The Hebrew name of Mary (in Latin Domina) means lady or sovereign; this Mary is in virtue of her Son's sovereign authority as Lord of the World. We call Mary our Lady as we call Jesus our Lord. When we pronounce her name, we affirm her power, implore her aid and place ourselves under her protection.


Angela M. said...

I thought Mary means "bitter."

Dymphna said...

Well, Miriam means bitter but it also means lady which may hint at the dual parts of life that Mary and live through. She is the Lady but she also endured the bitterness of watching her son suffer the Passion.