The chapel was filled with women and we were singing. Imagine all of those voices lifted together in adoration, filling the space with vibrating beauty. Chills swept through me. It was one of those rare moments when feel like you are touching both heaven and earth, and you expect to see angel wings above and a shimmery veil pulled back.
The moment ended oh… so soon. As sure as if someone spoke this aloud to me the realization struck me…. we’re going to be singing to Mary in Heaven. Well, don’t be quick to leave this post beause we weren’t singing adoration songs to Jesus. We were singing “Salve Regina” to his mother.
The thought of singing to Mary in Heaven had never before crossed my mind, but I’m pretty confident it will be true.
Now before you click out of here because you think “worshiping” Mary is sinful, take note: We were NOT “worshiping” her. We were honoring her. There’s a HUGE difference. The Catholic faith teaches us to worship God alone. Period. (Ahem…First Commandment, anyone?) Our devotion to Mary is to honor her. And why the heck not? The angel Gabriel honored her when he spoke to her. ( See Luke 1:26-33) Our Savior was entrusted to her care, and she said “yes.” She stood with him through his crucifixion. In a way, we respect and honor our Lord when we respect and honor his mother.
Can you imagine the angels and the choirs of heaven singing Salve Regina- Hail, Queen! If you’ve never considered this before, think of the possibility. What hope! What joy! I’m looking forward to being a part of that.
P.S. August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Mother of God. Catholics honor her today and it’s a Holy Day.
See my post: Learning to Love the Obligation