More and more it seems to me that so much of the failure of a large part of the (non-Anglo-Catholic) Anglican tradition to give a proper devotion to Our Lady in its liturgical life comes about, not only for those historical reasons which have led to an almost complete ignorance, at least among the laity, of what the Church has actually said down the centuries about the Mother of God, but from an unwillingness to abandon our apparent worldly sophistication and self-reliance and, in our spiritual lives, as the Gospel asks of us, to become as little children.
Discuss, as they say....
Continuing last weekend's Mahlerian theme (it has been the centenary this year of his death, after all) this is the last movement of the 4th Symphony, a setting of a child's view of heaven ("Das himmlische Leben") from Das Knaben Wunderhorn - again, the performance is from the Lucerne Festival and conducted by the great Claudio Abbado; the soprano is Magdalena Kozena
O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine Son,
dying on the cross confided us to your maternal care.
You are our Mother; we desire ever to remain your devout children.
Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ.
Make your name again glorious in this place, once renowned throughout our land
by your visits, favours and many miracles.
Pray, O Holy Mother of God, for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick,
consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.
O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham intercede for us. Amen.