The Flight into Egypt
... behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to
Joseph in a dream and said,
"Rise, take the
child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay
there until I tell you. Herod is going to
search for the child to destroy him."
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by
night and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what
the Lord had said through the prophet might
be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son."
Pray one Our Father and 7 Hail Marys after meditating on the Dolor
Praying for the innocent then, now and for the unborn
"Why, oh Herod, art thou thus disturbed?
This King who is born has not come to conquer
kings by arms, but to subjugate them, in a
wonderful manner, by his death."
St. Fulgentius, from
The Glories of Mary
They were foreigners, unknown, without revenues,
without money, without kindred; hardly were they
able to support themselves by their humble labors.
The sight, then, of Jesus and Mary wandering like fugitives
through this world, teaches us that we should also live as
pilgrims on the earth, detached from the goods which the
world offers us, as having soon to leave them and go to
eternity. "We have not here a lasting city, but seek one that
is to come." To which St. Augustine adds: "Thou art a
stranger, thou givest a look, and then passest on: Hospes
es, vides et transis." It also teaches us to embrace crosses,
for we cannot live in this world without a cross.
The blessed Veronica da Binasco, an Augustinian nun, was
carried in spirit to accompany Mary and the infant Jesus in
this journey to Egypt, and at the end of it the divine mother
said to her: "Child, hast thou seen through what difficulties
we have reached this place? Now learn that no one receives
graces without suffering." He who wishes to feel least the
sufferings of this life, must take Jesus and Mary with him:
"Accipe puerum et matrem ejus." For him who lovingly
bears in his heart this Son and this mother, all sufferings
become light, and even sweet and dear. Let us then love
them, let us console Mary by receiving her Son within our
hearts, whom, even now, men continue to persecute with their sins.
V. Incline unto my aid, O God!
R. O Lord, make haste to help me!
Pray Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is
now and ever shall be world without end, Amen
I am compassionate to thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of those distressing fears
which thy affectionate heart endured on the flight to Egypt and during thy sojourn there.
O dearest Mother, through this thy anxious heart implore for me the Virtue of Generosity,
and the Gift of Piety.
Pray one Hail Mary
The Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Second Sorrow - The Flight into Egypt
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