St. Norbert and Our Lady
“He is no true son of the ever Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, who is not with his whole heart devoted to her.” – St. Norbert
Next to the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary was a hallmark of the life of Our Holy Father Norbert. It was through her most powerful intercession that he endured all the difficulties of his life and it was to her that he entrusted his entire life and the work of his Order. Many of our earliest communities were placed under the patronage of the Holy Mother of God.
Our Holy Father was especially devoted to Our Lady in her Immaculate Conception. Our Lady gave St. Norbert the white habit of the Order that his sons should wear it in honour of her Immaculate Conception and St. Norbert himself is said to have written an Office in honour of Our Lady under this title.
The intention of this Mother of fair love in adorning us with the white habit – a symbol of purity – was no other than to teach us a true devotion to her Immaculate Conception. – St. Norbert
Let us pray then that through the intercession of St. Norbert, that most devoted son of Our Lady, all Christians may foster a deeper devotion to the Mother of God, particularly in her Immaculate Conception. Let us pray too for England, once called the ‘Dowry of Mary’ that this island may once more glory under her most holy patronage.
V) Pray for us, O Holy Father Norbert,
R) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray,
Awake O Lord, in Thy Church the Spirit by Whom St. Norbert, Thy Confessor and Bishop, was guided in order that, filled with the same Spirit, we may love what he loved, and live as he taught us. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.