Snow in August? Sure, but not in Rome

The Feast of our Lady of the Snows – the Dedication of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

The opening prayer reminds us of the centrality of Mary to our life of faith

Pardon the faults of your servants, we pray, O Lord, that we, who cannot please you by our own deeds, may be saved through the intercession of the Mother of your Son and our Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

The challenge of being properly ordered by Jesus is strengthened by Mary.