Monday, January 26, 2015

St. Anthony's Sermons - The Ark Which Thou Hast Sanctified

St. Anthony explains the text in Psalm 131: 8, "Arise, O Lord into Thy resting place: Thou and the Ark, which Thou hast sanctified. " St. Anthony says that the first part of this verse refers to Christ's Resurrection and Ascension, the second part to the "Ark which Thou hast sanctified," i.e. to Christ's Blessed Mother the Virgin Mary, whom He took up to Himself into Heaven.
Continuing with the thought of the "ark which the Lord had sanctified", St. Anthony compares the Virgin Mary with the ark of Noah which after the flood finally rested on Mt. Ararat in the mountains, because in her Assumption she "was placed above the choirs of Angels."