Mary’s Mass


EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the third in a series of nine Eucharistic poems by Br. Dain, leading up to Corpus Christi.  We hope they will be an inspiration for your prayer and reflection.



What would Mary’s heart conceive,

When St John would the bread receive,

And take it up in priestly hands

When she his Mother present stands.

And say those words which he did say

When he was with them on that day.


She’d then recall an infant mild,

Those days he grew up as a child:

His first words, and his peaceful eyes,

Those late night cries and lullabies.

She’d cherish then as she had done

When she would watch her sleeping Son.


And then she’d think how he did grow,

How Joseph’s skills he came to know,

And when their home he had to leave,

And she in silence left to grieve.

She’d see him travel all the land,

Announce the Kingdom was at hand.

Until that unforgotten hour

When my sins would her Son Devour,

And lead before condemning throng,

Though infinite Love had done no wrong.

She’d see again him on the Cross,

And feel again her Mother’s loss.


Thus Mary would recall those years,

Her eyes would glisten moist with tears

As St John would relive that night

When he would conquer Satan’s might.

He’d raise up high her silent Son,

Whom she held when all had begun.


Then what would Mother’s heart conceive

When on her tongue she would receive

Her dearest Son whom she did bear

Within her womb with tender care.

What silent words between those two,

He in her now present true.

He in her in form of bread,

While she in peace on earth still tread.

Another lullaby she’d sing?

Or needs of all her children bring?

Or simply love and on him smile,

And place before him every trial?


The Son now one with Mother dear,

What joy in him whom she did rear.

Now united, ne’er to part.

Forever kept in Mary’s heart.

Her baby he would always be

In Mother’s heart eternally.


About Br Dain Scherber LC

Br Dain Scherber LC is a religious seminarian of the Legionaries of Christ. Born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota, he attended the Legion’s high-school seminary in New Hampshire at the age of 13. He did his first two years of seminary in Dublin, Ireland before being transferred to Connecticut, where he continued his studies in the classical humanities for two years and worked as an assistant on the formation team for four years. He is currently studying philosophy at the Legion’s Center for Higher Studies in Rome.
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