How might it have been for Our Lady following the Resurrection? Tradition holds that the very first Resurrection appearance was to her. It is also recorded that after the Ascension ‘All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus …’ We may safely assume that her role now was to be prayer, and the support and encouragement of the fledgling Christian community.

Her role is no different for us, today. May she pray for us and with us, and may her intercession bring down God’s richest blessings upon you this day.