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Our Mother of Consolation

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Today’s Readings (OSA Lectionary)

  • Reading I: Isaiah 49:8-11.13-15
  • Reading II: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
  • Gospel: John 14:15-21.25-27 or John 19:25-27


When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near the Cross, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." –John 19:26-27

With these words Jesus was asking his Church, represented by the disciple, to console and care for his mother. At the same time he was asking his mother to console and care for the Church. From this arose the tradition that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a source of consolation for the whole Church.

Monica, the mother of Augustine, suffered much from her wayward son’s early life of sin. According to an ancient story, she confided her distress to Mary, who appeared to Monica wearing a leather cincture (a type of belt). As a pledge of her support, Mary removed the cincture and gave it to Monica to wear. Monica gave it to her son, who, after his conversion to Christ, gave it to the members of his monastic community.

The traditional depiction of Our Mother of Consolation shows Mary holding the child Jesus on her lap. Jesus and Mary both hold the Augustinian cincture in their hands.

Devotion to the mother of Jesus under the title Mother of Consolation has been an Augustinian tradition for centuries, since the cincture that is part of the Augustinian habit reminds them of the compassionate consolation she offers to the Church.


Preface of the Mass

Father , all powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He was conceived with joy
by the Blessed Virgin Mary
and brought to birth from her chaste womb
as the consolation of the world.

As she endured her bitter agony
by the cross of her Son,

she was consoled by you
with the hope of his resurrection.

In company with the apostles

she earnestly prayed for and awaited with trust
the coming of the Spirit of consolation and peace.

Now assumed into heaven

she consoles with a mother’s love
all who turn to her with faith,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.
Isaiah 49:8-11
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8Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard thee, and in the day of salvation I have helped thee: and I have preserved thee, and given thee to be a covenant of the people, that thou mightest raise up the earth, and possess the inheritances that were destroyed:
9That thou mightest say to them that are bound: Come forth: and to them that are in darkness: Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in every plain.
10They shall not hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them: for he that is merciful to them, shall be their shepherd, and at the fountains of waters he shall give them drink.
11And I will make all my mountains a way, and my paths shall be exalted.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
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3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.
4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation; that we also may be able to comfort them who are in all distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are exhorted by God.
5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ doth our comfort abound.
6Now whether we be in tribulation, it is for your exhortation and salvation: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation: or whether we be exhorted, it is for your exhortation and salvation, which worketh the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer.
7That our hope for you may be steadfast: knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation.
John 14:15-21
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15If you love me, keep my commandments.
16And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever.
17The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you.
18I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.
19Yet a little while: and the world seeth me no more. But you see me: because I live, and you shall live.
20In that day you shall know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 19:25-27
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25Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen.
26When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.
27After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
John 19:26-27
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26When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.
27After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

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