Today, Sunday August 12, 2012, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans and Lutherans honor Mary, the Mother of our Lord, with a feast day, a day of celebration. Since the second century, the Chrisitian Church has observed Feasts in honor and veneration of the role Mary played in the Gospel story. As the "most blessed among women" she conceived, carried, birthed, nursed, and reared our Savior, Jesus Christ. The above Churches believe and teach, that Mary, as mother of Christ---who is not only the Son of God, but IS God--- is therefore the Mother of God and the "Theotokos", literally Bearer of God. This sentiment was expressed and affirmed in the Council of Ephesus (431 AD). The only recorded quote of Mary speaking to ordinary people, is this statement at a wedding feast: "Whatever he (Jesus) says to you, do it." This we Lutherans take to be the summation of her message to the world. If we listen to her, she will tell us, "Listen to Him. Listen to my Son. Do what He tells you." When we see Mary we see her pointing to her Son. If our regard for the Blessed Virgin does not have the immediate effect of turning our attention from her to the One whom she carried in her womb for nine months and suckled at her breast, to the Incarnate God, the Word made flesh, then we may be sure that it is not the kind of regard that she seeks. A right regard for Mary will ALWAYS direct us to Him Who found in her His first earthly dwelling-place. Lutherans deeply respect Mary as probably the most noble of all humanity, for God chose her to be the Mother of Christ. However we do not pray to her (or to any other saint in heaven). Why? We do not argue the possibility of whether or not the saints in heaven can hear us. What Lutherans say is this: We reject the concept that Christ gives more attention to a Christian's prayer brought to him by his Blessed Mother, than the prayer of a Christian directed directly to Christ. The concept that states that Mary has more "pull" or influence with Christ than you or I is a belief based on a human weakness: partiality to one's mother. Jesus is God. He shows no partiality. He hears your prayer and my prayer just as intently as he would a prayer brought to him by his Mother. Protestants of all stripes need to honor and respect the Mother of our Savior, the Mother of God, Mary of Nazareth. Prayer for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord O God, who chose the blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of Your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Chst our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. O God, who have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we , who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.