Christians wear hip Mary gear.
They're wearing "Mary Is My Homegirl" T-shirts and bracelets, and not all of them are Roman Catholic.Interesting that they've interviewed two local Episcopal clergy. Fr. Lyon at Good Shepherd leads the most Anglo-Catholic Episcopal Parish I've come across. More smells and bells than any Roman parish I've seen round here ... :) (And one that embodies the works of mercy most powerfully, as I witnessed with their care for a former neighbor, an elderly lady, quite indigent, and somewhat mentally challenged. The congregation's care and support for her was truly inspiring.) Interestingly, I think it was in the 80s, a part of the congregation crossed the Tiber, and now forms Good Shepherd Catholic, an Anglican-use parish, with a married Catholic priest.
Once mainly a devotional figure for Catholics, Mary and her role as a woman of God are now studied by Anglicans and other Christian denominations.
Some Protestant churches, especially Episcopal and United Methodist, in recent years have offered Bible studies and classes that focus on the Virgin Mary as a model for Christian women.
Biega, who regularly uses the Rosary as a means of devotion, thinks more Protestants are becoming interested in learning about Mary because she offers a symbol of what women can become through the love of God.
"What attracts women is the need to understand the significance of our mother Mary as the child who said yes to God." Biega said.
Incidentally, soon after our current Bishop was ordained, he accepted an invitation to an ecumenical Vespers service at Good Shepherd Episcopal. I think this was the first time that a Roman Bishop had come to the parish after the "split." What caused several eyebrows to rise was the fact that the Vespers included Eucharistic adoration and Benediction (lead by the Episcopal bishop)! Perhaps they were trying to show just how Catholic they were. Still, most .... unusual, given the vexed question of the validity of Anglican orders. Local wags had a field day. (Yours truly included. Sheepish look.)
Anyway, those digressions aside, I think it's just wonderful that our Protestant sisters and brothers are rediscovering that devotion to Mary actually leads one closer to her Son.
Oh yes, I want that tee-shirt. :)