Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Mysteries of Mary and the Mass

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JUAN DE JUANES (BOCAIRENT, VALENCIA, 1579). The Immaculate Conception. circa 1537

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, April 10, 2023

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …


The Immaculate Conception—the conception of Mary in the womb of St. Ann without the stain of Original Sin—and the Last Supper both anticipate and participate in the historical events of the Cross and Resurrection. As we consider the mysteries of Mary, we gain a deeper understanding of our participation at Mass.

Mary is the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. The Immaculate Conception prepares Mary for her Motherhood. The Immaculate Conception re-establishes the covenant offered by God in the Garden. Unlike Eve, who disobeyed God, Mary confirms the covenant—the gift of her conception without sin—during the Annunciation with her obedient faith. Mary becomes the spouse of the Holy Spirit with her “yes” to the Angel Gabriel. The Blessed Virgin Mary gives birth to Jesus—the Word made Flesh and splendor of the Father. Mary is Mother of God. …

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