On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of taking part in an online Marian conference organised by the Legion of Mary in Dublin, Ireland. The theme was ‘Hail, Holy Queen’ and it looked specifically at Mary as ‘Mother of Mercy’ – which was perfect, as it was taking place as we moved into the great Feast of Mercy.
Several priests and a laywoman each gave brief presentations, all of which were enjoyable and which provided learning opportunities. One priest, a Dominican, spoke about the reasons why we can properly call the Blessed Virgin the ‘Mother of Mercy’ and this was particularly enlightening. Also of interest to me was the final presentation, which looked at the subject of Divine Mercy.
Although I am not really a fan of ‘online’ events, I did enjoy this one. I was struck at the breadth of the participation – people had joined from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and North America, and even as far away as Nigeria. Since it was a ‘Zoom’ conference, the gallery view offered a look at the people taking part – and the rooms from which they were doing so. I noticed that most often, there was some form of Marian imagery – whether a statue or a picture – somewhere in the background. I thought this was lovely and it said something about the continued veneration of the Mother of God and the honour given to Her images within homes.
Along with the presentations, there was also the recitation of the Rosary and then the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which began the evening. To conclude, there was adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – and I found that, despite being offered online, this was still very powerful and a real moment of grace.
My thanks to the Legion of Mary in Dublin and to those organising the event, for such a lovely and prayerful evening.