OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

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Memorare prayer                                                              MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Novenas to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart                  VARIOUS NOVENAS TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Other prayers to Our Lady                                             PRAYERS TO OUR LADY

Why Mary?                                                                         MARY’S ROLE IN SALVATION

Memorare            

                                                MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF THE; SACRED HEART  

Remember, OUR LADY OF THE SACRED  HEART,

the great things the Lord has done for you.

He chose you for his mother.

He wanted you close to his cross.

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                He gives you a share in his glory.

                He listens to your prayer.

 Offer him our prayers

                of praise and thanksgiving;

                                present our petitions to him.

                                                Let us live like you in the love of your Son

                                                                so that his Kingdom may come.

Lead us to the source of living water

that flows from his heart,

                spreading over the world

                                hope and salvation,   justice and peace.

See our trust in you;

                answer our prayer.

                                Show yourself always our Mother.

                                                Amen.

OR

Remember, our Lady of the Sacred Heart,

that your divine Son has given you great power,

                power over his Heart.

We are filled with hope!

We trust in your merits,

                and we beg you now, to come and grant us your protection.

In heaven you are the Treasurer of this Heart,

the Heart of Jesus,

                the Heart which never fails to grant us every grace,

                the Heart you open with joy,

                                to share the treasures there contained:

                                                his love and mercy,

                                                his light and saving grace.

Grant us, we beg you, what we ask of you:

No! We cannot think you will refuse!

                And since you are the Mother of us all,

                                do kindly hear and grant our prayers.      Amen.

NOVENAS TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

PRAYERS TO OUR LADY

Current prayers to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (general)

Current prayers to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Fr StenhouseMSC)

Current Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart  (Fr Adrian Meaney MSC)

Current Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Aurora USA)

Current Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Traditional)

Randwick National Shrine

Current prayers to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Fr Bill Ryan)

Various Prayers to Our Lady

CURRENT PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART (GENERAL)

NINE DAYS with OUR LADY OF TH SACRED HEART  TOSTAIN, M,S.C.  

Translated by Sister Sheila Larkin, F.D.N.S.C

 

FIRST DAY

"Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the great things the Lord has done for you ..."

Mother of God, for the eternal Son of God willed to be born of you, willed that his human nature be formed of you, that his human heart be flesh of your flesh.

You felt this Heart of God made man living and palpitating against your own heart; you were the first to sense the richness of God's Love revealed in Jesus Christ, even though like us, you had to walk in the darkness of faith.

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the maternal bonds which unite you to the heart of your Son! Intercede for us in his presence, prepare our hearts to receive his Love, and give us the grace to live like you in trusting acceptance of his Will.

Amen.

SECOND DAY

"He chose you for his Mother ..."

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what joy it gives us to know that you are right beside us listening with kindly interest to our prayer! As our Mother, you know our needs even before we put them into words; you know, then, why we come to pray to you during this novena.

With the weight of our cares, sufferings and doubts, our hearts are not, perhaps, sufficiently free and open to God's will. Therefore, we turn to you, our Mother, with complete trust: hear our prayer, Intercede for us before your Son, but, above all, keep us in his love and help us to share the sentiments of his Heart.

We love to address you under the beautiful title of 'Our Lady of the Sacred Heart', which calls to mind all the wonderful gifts of love which the Heart of Jesus enriched you.

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart! The Lord's great work in you had but one purpose: to prepare your heart to welcome the Son of God. From all eternity, the Father has loved you; he chose you from among all women to become the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Mother of his Son.

This special love of God was revealed to you at the Annunciation. Remember that moment when the Angel Gabriel came in the name of the Most High to ask you to share in the work of salvation! With him we repeat: Rejoice, Full of grace, Virgin Mary, the Lord is with you (Luke 1.18). Humble handmaid of the Lord, you allowed all to be done according to his word. And in your womb the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!

O Mary, with the whole church we hail you as Lord showered on you: chosen by God and full of grace, you are in every respect, from the moment of your Immaculate Conception, a gift to us from the loving Heart of God. With affection he "looked upon" his humble handmaid; he has loved you more than any other, so that you may be for us a bright light of hope and joy in the midst of life's darkness.

Most pure Virgin, Mother of God's Son, most favoured daughter of the Father, and sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, with all generations we proclaim you blessed. Remember the great things that the Love of the Lord" has wrought in you and, in the name of this Love, help us to do all that Jesus tells us.

Amen.

THIRD DAY

"He  wanted you  close  to  his  cross .

"Standing beneath the Cross of Jesus, was Mary his Mother . . ."

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, these few word of the gospel reveal to us the extraordinary mystery of love which united you to your Son.

Through love, you remained faithful to the end. You wanted to follow Jesus on the way to Calvary, to be near him when, nailed to the Cross he was offering his life for the salvation of the world. Who could express the anguish of your Mother's heart in these tragic moments? when all around you was collapsing, you remained firmly on your feet. O admirable Mother, in this dark testing your faith did not waver, because in you, love is stronger than death. Here, before the wounded Heart of your Son, you became in the fullest sense, "Our Lady of the Sacred Heart".

Through love God, too, willed your presence at the foot of the Cross. In choosing you as his Mother, he called you at the same time to share in  his work of redemption. Certainly, Christ is the sole mediator and Saviour, but was it not fitting that in the new creation, the New Eve be present with the New Adam, transmitting with him to the people of the New Covenant, the fruits of grace and pardon?

The Lord chose you for this unique role! That is why, in that solemn moment, he designated you as the Woman par excellence, the Mother of  all the Living: "Woman, behold your Son.”

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, that you became our mother at the foot of the Cross! Be near us in our sufferings. Help us retain our confidence in spite of all; help us remain strong and courageous under life’s trials, that, like you, we may learn to "commit “ ourselves what is wanting in the Passion of Christ, for his Body, which is the Church 1,25).

 

FOURTH DAY

"He gives you a share in his glory, he listens to your prayer ..."

Your fidelity is rewarded, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and the brightness of Easter succeeds the darkness of Calvary. Just as you were associated with Christ in suffering, so now you are united with him in joy and glory.

It is true that the risen Christ wishes to communicate to all mankind the glorious life which is henceforth his, for "he who has raised Christ from the dead, will also raise our mortal bodies through his Spirit dwelling in us" (Rom. 3.11); but for you, Mary, the Lord does not wait. Out of love he has already transformed you, body and soul, with his light and life. Your glorious Assumption is at once a gift of God and the fruit of your faithful response to his Love; for the rest of us, the pilgrim People of God, it is also a marvelous sign of hope.

If you share now in the glory of your Son; if you are beside him for all eternity — your soul, your glorified body, your maternal heart — is it not so that you may be at the same time closer to us? Are you not still our Mother? You who love us, and are so intimately associated with Jesus, our sole Mediator, intercede for us. As he heard your prayer at Cana, so he listens now to our requests presented in our name. Mother of the Church, Mother of men, speak for us to the Heart of your Son; pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Amen,

 

FIFTH DAY

"Offer him our prayers of praise and thanks-giving.    Present our petitions to him. "

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, your Assumption has not separated you from your children. On the contrary, we know that, as a mother willing to help, you will always be near us, when we turn to God in prayer, and that, despite our destitution and our weaknesses, we can confidently rely on your assistance. As at Cana, on Calvary and in the Cenacle, are you not now, in heaven, our advocate with the Heart of your Son? — "so that, upheld by your maternal assistance, we may be more intimately bound to the sole Mediator and Saviour" (Lumen Gentium 621.

That is why we beg you, Mary, - you, who so wonderfully glorified God In your song of gratitude and love — to present to Jesus, your Son, our praise and thanksgiving. For us, too, the Lord has done great things, but we are so little able to see and recognise them. Tell him now of our joy in being saved by him, in being, with him, children of the Father and temples of the Holy Spirit. Offer him our thanksgiving for faith, baptism, the Eucharist and the marvellous hope he gives us of one day contemplating him with you forever.

Present to him also our requests. You know the desires of our heart; you know why each day of this novena, we come to pray to you. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother who loves us so much, we beg you to pray for us to the Heart of your Son, source of all grace. Present to him at the same time the needs of all our fellowmen, and especially of those associated with our Confraternity of prayer. It is with them and for them that we pray to you.

Amen.

 

SIXTH DAY

"Let us live like you in the love of your Son. that his Kingdom may come ..."

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, on the evening of Holy Thursday, Jesus your Son earnestly asked us to observe HIS commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."

For our love to be genuine, we must then love one another as Jesus has loved us; we must in some way carry on, in time and space, the very love of the Heart of Jesus for all men. Now this is only possible if we are wholeheartedly united to Jesus Christ, so that we may live with his love and make it present to those around us. That is why he asked us on the same night of Holy Thursday — "Live on in my love; if you keep my commandments, you will live on in my love, just as I live in the love of the Father by keeping his commandments" (Jn 15.1O).

You, who always accomplished God's will so perfectly; you, who lived so completely in the love of your Son. help us to keep his commandments, to live in his love so that we can in our turn love our brothers, "as Jesus has loved us" — with a complete and unselfish love.

We have much to ask you in this Novena, O Mary, best of Mothers. But by far the most important is this; before all else, convert our hearts, help us to live like you in the love of your Son; put into us the sentiments of the Heart of Jesus, for the glory of the Father and the service of our brothers. Make us witnesses of Love, that Christ's Kingdom may come, the Kingdom of life and truth, the Kingdom of grace and holiness, the kingdom of justice, love and peace (Preface for Christ the King).

Amen.

 

SEVENTH DAY

"Lead us to  the source of living water that flows from his heart..."

When the Israelites, exhausted with thirst, crossed the desert into the Promised Land, God gave them to drink by commanding Moses to strike the rock with his staff, so causing living water to spring forth (cf Ex. 17, 3-7).

The people of the New Covenant, journeying towards the True Promised land, also have need of refreshment To continue on their way; like the Samaritan woman, they yearn in a confused manner for a spring of living water which will slake their thirst forever (cf Jn. 4, 13-15). And Jesus answers this deep desire: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, according to the words of Scripture, 'From his side shall flow rivers of living water.' He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive" (Jn. 7, 37-39).

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, you saw the realisation of these words; when the soldier's lance pierced the side of your Son and from his wounded heart poured forth blood and water, you understood, with St. John, the full significance of this mystery. For the Rock is Christ, says St. Paul in Cor. 1O,4). Beyond death your Son indeed wished to open his heart to quench our thirst forever. According to his promise, it is his Spirit that he gives, springing up into eternal life — it is grace, the Sacraments, the Life of God.

Virgin Mary, we love to call you Our Lady of the Sacred Heart because you are so very close to this source of living water flowing from the heart of your Son. We beg you — pray for us sinners, look at your suffering children, see all those throughout the world who do not yet know the Gospel, all the victims of injustice and hatred. Lead us to your Son, so that all men, of every race, tongue, people and nation, may come to draw with joy from the springs of Salvation.

 

EIGHTH DAY

"Spreading over the world hope and salvation, justice and peace..."

All grace that we need flows from the heart of your Son, and it is you, our Mother, who watch anxiously to impart it to us. And so we pray to you with confidence for ourselves and for all men: in our trials, guard us against the slightest discouragement, since by dying for us on the Cross, Jesus has opened for us the way to life. Yes, we now have access to the throne of God; we share his Spirit, who empowers us to say, 'Abba Father'. But how many times could Jesus reproach us as he did his disciples in the midst of the storm, 'Why are you afraid, men of little faith?' Help us. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, to remain strong in hope, to contemplate the heart of your Son, so that we may draw from it hope, comfort, salvation.

Through your prayer, obtain for our hate-torn world the peace that your Son came to bring us. We do not ask for a peace of comfort and quiet, a peace 'as the world gives it’, but for his Peace founded on justice and love. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, obtain for us that peace promised to the world on the first Christmas night, and which the risen Christ communicated to his apostles gathered together in the Cenacle. Make us bearers of peace, engaged generously in the service of justice. Help us to come out of ourselves so that we can contribute courageously to the building up of a world of greater justice and brotherly affection. Have pity on all the victims of war and oppression. Help us to bring about the triumph of peace, reconciliation and justice. Help us to grow in love that through us may extend the reign of the 'Prince of Peace'.

Amen.

 

NINTH DAY

"See  our   trust in   you;   answer  our Show yourself always our Mother".

We are now at the close of our Novena, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. As we contemplate your grace and beauty and meditate on the extraordinary relationship of love which united you to the heart of your Son, our confidence in your goodness and power of intercession is ever growing. And even though our prayer may not be heard when and how we would wish, we will never lose this childlike confidence, for our prayer is never in vain, and you know better than we do what is conducive to our spiritual good. We  continue then to pray to you; if need be, we will continue our novena, for perseverance is the surest way of showing our trust and of deepening through your help our understanding of what the Lord expects of us.

However, we are sure even now that you have already heard us in one way or another, for a mother cannot remain insensitive to the call of her children, sinful and unworthy though they be. So we already thank you, good and powerful Virgin, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

You see our confidence in you, most loving Mother; once again look towards your children who stretch forth their hands toward you. Listen to their call; have pity on those who suffer and weep. Give us hope, give us peace, give us the Love of your Son and we will then be able to carry out in all its fullness the Will of the Father.

And if trials must still be endured, keep us in the same spirit of trust and peace. Watch over us always, so that at the hour of death we may all experience the joy of being welcomed by you, in the presence of your Son. Today, as in our hour, stay with us; show yourself always Mother.

 

NINE DAYS WITH PAUL STENHOUSE MSC (Australia)

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, you adore the Father in Spirit and truth . Form us on the pattern of your living - the heart of your Son. Amen.

 

FIRST DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, MOTHER  OF GOD:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, aware of our weakness, and need of God's grace, we come to you as God's mother, to ask you to plead for us with the Heart of your Son. We are confident that the same love which God had for us when he sent his Son to redeem us, and when he bestowed on us the grace of baptism, will ensure that he grants our request. We are especially confident because we can see in your life how effective God's grace can be, when someone accepts it, and opens himself out to its inspiration.

Because you were so humble God chose you to be his mother; because you recognized your nothingness God filled you with his power and enabled you to fulfil your role as the new Eve in his new Creation.

Knowing how deep was the love you bore God the Father, and how close you were to Jesus, your Son, we beg you to make us understand something' of the secret of this love.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray tor us. Hear our prayer and lead us closer to the Heart of your Son

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SECOND DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART. MOTHER OF HOPE:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, you know us too well to have to be reminded that our greatest need is for trust and hope. Because Jesus gives us true hope, we turn to you because you give us Jesus. You are the source of our hope as you are of our life. Your own trust in God has given us hope in our own ability to cope with our day to day living and to have no dread of dying.

Despite our timidity and weakness, our small-mindedness and prejudice, our indifference and lack of constant love, we have hope because of what God has done through you. Because of you we are confident that we too can become effective Apostles of Christ in the world. And we trust in your help to achieve this.

We hope especially because of what Jesus Christ has said and done; by his life, death, resurrection and ascension to his Father. Because we know he has gone to prepare a place for us; because we know he has conquered death, we hope in our own home-coming and victory over sin and death.

Lady of the Sacred Heart, teach us to trust in the Heart of your Son. Teach us to hope for all from his mercy, while we fear all from our weakness.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hope of the hopeless, pray tor us.

 

THIRD  DAY

OUR  LADY OF THE SACRED  HEART, MOTHER OF JESUS:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, give us a true and fearless appreciation of what it means for God to become a man like us in every respect except sin.

We are often reminded that God chose this way because all of us, even little children can more easily learn to love God if they see him in someone like themselves Teach us to look closely and with trust at the Image of God present in your Son, Jesus.  May the humanness of Jesus Christ be a key to an understanding of our own humanity. How many men have refused to accept the humanity of Jesus because they couldn't believe that God could work through material things. We, who believe that Jesus is true God are drawn on to believe that all of material creation is good, and is serving God's purposes. That this world, and all the creatures in it, the forces of nature, our bodies, our energy — all these are good provided they are accepted in the spirit of Christ.

Jesus completely faced up to the reality of human life, and taught us the importance of honesty with ourselves and patience in adversity.

Pray for us to your Son, that just as he redeemed us through his humanity, so our humanity may be a force for good in our own lives and the lives of others.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of Jesus the God-Man, pray for us.

 

FOURTH DAY

OUR  LADY OF THE SACRED  HEART, MOTHER OF FAITH:

You know, Our-Lady of the Sacred Heart, how much we long to have a faith like yours: as lasting, as realistic and as unshakeabe.  Your faith wasn't something different from your life: it flowed from it, and fulfilled it.  Your faith wasn't some dead thing, some faltering, half-hearted acceptance of a truth; it was the whole-hearted joyful acceptance of Truth Himself. For your faith was identical with your love of Jesus Christ, your Son.

Teach us, Lady of the Sacred Heart, to know the meaning of fidelity. Not to excuse our infidelity with unworthy self-deceit. Teach us that fidelity is always to somebody we love, and whom we trust. Fidelity means that the one we love is never absent from us; that we make him present by our constant loyal and affectionate remembrance. Show us the way to fill the void in our hearts with faith; your Son which alone can bring us true happiness and eternal life.

Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us to the Heart of Jesus, your Son, and our Brother.  Help us to live by faith — to be true to Him.

 

FIFTH DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, MOTHER OF THE APOSTLES:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, when Jesus gave you to John to be his mother you also undertook to mother all of us: You are Queen of the apostles because you understood better than any of them the desires of the Heart of your Son; you fulfilled more perfectly the wishes of your Son; you alone, of all those who have loved Jesus, have loved him with all your heart. You alone never put any limit to the extent of your sacrifice, to the extent of your service.

We, today, have taken up the appeal of the Heart of Jesus: "Send forth labourers into the harvest". Some of us may have come at the first, or the sixth or the ninth hour; but we have come.

Teach us that an apostle always puts his Master first; that an apostle never looks for a reward; that an apostle never despairs because of his own limitation; that an apostle must be prepared to live a life that is often lonely, misunderstood and despised; that the heart of an apostle must be filled with love for the Heart of his Master.

Lady of the Sacred Heart, help us to be his apostles and faithful servants of the Heart of Jesus.

 

SIXTH DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, MOTHER OF COMPASSION;

Lady of the Sacred Heart, how often in the Gospels do we see you filled with sorrow at the sufferings of others! Your very acceptance of the honour of being the Mother of the Saviour, stemmed from your concern for all men.

Teach us to have compassion on others and on ourselves. You, who felt sympathy for the bridal couple at Cana; who knew the agony of losing a child and not knowing where to turn to find him; who felt the sense of loneliness that all mothers feel when their children leave them to fulfil their life's role; who loved and hoped and forgave right up to the end of your earthly life; who saw your Son betrayed and killed, mocked and rejected even by those who had called themselves his "friends"; who stood at the foot of the cross and suffered with Jesus for the sins of mankind.

Teach us to forgive others; to withstand disappointment and the letdowns in our lives; to have true compassion on all men; to offer to all the love that filled your own heart and the Heart of Jesus, your Son; to realize that true peace, both within ourselves and amongst ourselves, is the fruit of compassion and forgiveness.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of Love, pray for us, have pity on us.

 

SEVENTH DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, MOTHER  OF THE CHURCH:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, your Son promised that the forces of evil would never overcome his Church, But this promise implies that the Church will always be doing battle with the forces of evil — always hated as Our Lord was hated before us; persecuted as Our Lord was persecuted before us; despised and rejected by many in the same way that Jesus your Son was rejected and eventually died on a cross because of the sins of all of us. When Jesus gave you to us as our mother, he knew that we would turn to you in our need; that we could rely on your mother's instinct to encourage, soothe and love us, to lead us gently along the path that leads to your Son. Mother of the Church, you are also mother of the Truth, of brotherly love, of compassion and forgiveness.

Lady of the Sacred Heart, you are Queen of the Church; heart of the Church, uniting its members just as the heart unites all the members of our body. At the head is Christ, and his Vicar our Holy Father Pope Benedict is in a special way your Son.

Teach us, Lady of the Sacred Heart, that to belong to the Church is to belong to Christ, and to belong to one another.

Mother of the Church, Mother of love, make us true sons of God, brothers of Christ and of all men in Christ.

 

EIGHTH   DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, MOTHER  OF THANKSGIVING:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, whose soul glorified God because he had regard for the humility that filled your heart, fill our hearts with the joy and thanksgiving that was yours. From time to time we, too, have known me joy that comes from closeness to God, from loyally to Christ, from correspondence with the Spirit of truth. From time to time, we too have felt the almost unbearable happiness of living genuinely human lives. For a brief moment only — and then it passes and we are once again plunged into the depths of our weakness and disappointments.

Show us, Lady of the Sacred Heart how your thanksgiving can be a model for ours. God has had regard for us, too, and bestowed his grace upon us. Unlike you, we have not always responded or been faithful, but whatever good we have done — whatever beauty, joy, goodness, hope, love and forgiveness there has been in our lives, or in the lives of others because of us — all this has come from God.

Our parents, friends, teachers, our work, our talents, our successes, the opportunities we never expected, the help we could never have looked for; it has all come from the Heart of Jesus through you.

Lady of the Sacred Heart, may we be thankful for what we have received, and give it back with interest, to the Father of all gifts.

 

NINTH DAY

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, MOTHER   OF  ALL  MEN:

Lady of the Sacred Heart, you know the thoughts of our minds, our most pressing needs, the deepest longings of our hearts. Because we often wander like lost sheep, lead us to your Son Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Because we have, at times, left our Father's house and been prodigal children, lead us back to our true home, and our Father's forgiveness. Help us to catch a glimpse of Jesus who made the deaf hear, and the blind see, who cured the sick, forgave sinners, and raised the dead to life.

May our troubled souls be quieted, our disturbed hearts be stilled at the word of Him who calmed the storm and quieted the sea. Satisfy our spiritual hunger with the broad of life eternal. Give us a drink from the water that will never run dry.

May all mankind be reconciled in Jesus your Son who has broken down the barriers that once separated men from one another: Jew from Gentile, slave from free, black from white, young from old.

Lady of the Sacred Heart, hear our prayers today; lead us all to understand and experience something of the inexpressable love in the Heart of Jesus for the whole of his creation.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of God, Mother of all men, pray for us.

 

CURRENT PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART  (FR ADRIAN MEANEY MSC)

NOVENA PRAYER  To Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

(The following prayer should be said each day)

Mary, you were chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus.

You played a central role when He revealed His love

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and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

You were chosen to form His Heart.

You were the first to feel His heartbeat.

As mother you were the first to know the loving Christ.

You were His greatest disciple.

As the one closest to Him lead us into an ever deeper

relationship with Him.

Mary, you were attentive to the wonderful person within you.

Make us more attentive to Christ within us.

You were sensitive to the situations of Elizabeth

and those at the wedding feast of Cana                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

and you helped them.

Make us sensitive and responsive like you.

In this novena we come to you full of confidence.

Though aware of our weaknesses and needs,

we trust in you

to speak for us to the Heart of your Son.

Come to our aid, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

 

The MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART  may also be said.

 

FIRST DAY

Woman of Faith

Scripture: Luke 1:39-45 (The Visitation)

Blessed is she who believed that the promises made to her would be fulfilled.

Meditation:

When the angel approached Mary to be the mother of Jesus she was afraid.

But she talked with the angel on how this could come about.

She then consented fully and gave a wholehearted yes to what God was asking of her.

Prayer:

Mary, so often we are afraid in one way or another. Do not let our fears block us from becoming the people you want us to be and from doing the things you want us to do.

Do not let us be afraid to question. After talking, let us joyfully put into practice what you are asking of us.

Woman of faith, pray for us.

 

SECOND DAY

Woman of Hope

Scripture: John 4:10-14 (Jesus and the living water)

Or  Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with  twelve stars on her head for a crown. (Revelation 12:1)

Meditation:

Vatican II, in Lumen Gentium 68, spoke of Mary as a sign of sure hope and of solace for God’s people on pilgrimage.

It urges us to let the entire body of the faithful pour forth persevering prayer to the Mother of God and the mother of people. 

The words of Saint Ephrem are also significant: she is the hope of the hopeless.

Prayer:

Mother of hope, we confidently appeal to you as Children to their mother.

Lead us to your Son who is the living water.

Lead us to this water that quenches our thirst and heals us.

You, who are called the hope of the hopeless,  lead us from despair to hope.

Pray for us that we may bring the Good News of your Son’s love to everyone everywhere.

Woman of hope, pray for us.

 

THIRD DAY

Woman of Love

Scripture: John 2:1-10 (The wedding at Cana)

The mother of Jesus said to Him They have no wine…”

Then she said to the servants “Do whatever He tells you”.

Meditation:

Mary noticed the problem that had arisen at the wedding feast in Cana and drew the attention of Jesus to it.

Mary did something and a miracle resulted. She showed love for people in difficulty.

For evil to thrive it is enough for good people to do nothing.

Prayer:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,  help us to learn how to really love and to prove our love in practical action.

May we be healed of our passivity and selfishness to prove our love in practical action.

Help us learn that it is a more blessed thing to give than to receive.

Lead us from greed to generosity. Remind us of your Son’s great love and self-giving.

Woman of love, pray for us.

 

FOURTH DAY

Woman of Service

Scripture: Luke 1:39-45 (The Visitation)

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah.

She went into Zachariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

Meditation:

Though it had just been announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of the Messiah she selflessly travelled to visit Elizabeth who was pregnant at an advanced age.

She thought of others and generously reached out to Elizabeth  in her need.

Prayer:

Mary, may we, too, learn to give ourselves  in the service of our sisters and brothers.

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Help us internalise the spirit of your Son who came not to be served but to serve.

Intercede for us so that we may follow His example in washing the feet of His disciples.

May we all change from status-seeking to humble service.

Woman of service, pray for us.

 

FIFTH DAY

Woman of Commitment

Scripture: John 19:25-27 (Jesus and His Mother)

Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother.

Meditation:

Real commitment to God, to another person, or to a cause is admirable.

Still more admirable is a commitment that costs a lot of hard work, suffering or even death.

Today we are inspired by truly committed persons. We are disappointed by lack of genuine commitment.

There is a need for reliable people.

Prayer:

Mary, thank you for your example of reliability in your commitment.

Thank you for the constancy of your love for Jesus.

Your dedication was severely tested but particularly so on Calvary.

Teach us how to be dedicated and committed people of God.

Woman of commitment, pray for us.

 

SIXTH DAY

Woman of the Family

Scripture: Luke 2:51-52 (Jesus and Mary in Nazareth)

He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority.

His mother kept all these things in her heart.

Meditation:

The stability of a family makes a great contribution to the individual person and to a healthy society.

As the church longs for full human development, she proposes good families as a powerful means to achieve this.

Broken homes are a cause for concern for all of us today.

Prayer:

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, you formed a model family.

You were united in work, prayer, and enjoyment for thirty years.

It was from this base that you sent Jesus on the greatest mission of all time.

You helped in the process in which Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and people.

May parents in our day be supported by your example and prayer.

May our children be well cared for  and not be aborted, abandoned, or abused.

Woman of the family, pray for us.

 

SEVENTH DAY

Woman of the Poor

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:11-13 (God and the Poor)

I will leave in the midst of you, a poor and needy people, and they shall hope in the name of the Lord.

Meditation:

Mary of Nazareth belonged to this poor and needy people.

Her heart was full of humble trust.

She did not trust in money, powerful friends, land, or education certificates.

But as one of Israel’s poor and needy, she trusted in the love of God.

We need to be kept reminded of the harsh facts of poverty.  Because, though we may not be responsible for placing this burden on people, we do share the responsibility for leaving it there.

Prayer:

Mary of Nazareth, draw us to trust the love of your Son

first of all by acknowledging that, without Him, we can do nothing.

It is your Son who said happy are those who know their need for God.

When we do not really care for poor people we find excuses everywhere.

Let us openly reflect on these words.

Woman of the poor, pray for us.

 

EIGHTH DAY

Woman of Prayer

Scripture:  Acts 1:12-14

(Mary prays with the apostles)

All these (Apostles) joined in continuous prayer with several women including Mary the mother of Jesus.

Meditation:

As a devout Jewess, Mary prayed seven times a day.

She taught her boy, Jesus, to pray.

She prayed reflectively.

The Gospel tells us she pondered all these things in her heart.

She worked and lived her life in a spirit of prayer.

Turn to God, present within you, and love Him.  You may not feel His presence; but want Him, give yourself to Him, love Him, and you are experiencing God.

Prayer:

Mary, intercede for us that we will have a great desire for prayer and that we will link all our life with prayer.

May we always pray as your Son told us: ask and you will receive.

May we learn the love of your Son for us by expressing our thanks for the great abundance and variety of gifts with which He blesses us.

Woman of prayer, pray for us.

 

NINTH DAY

Woman of Joy

Scripture: Luke 1:46-56 (Mary’s song of praise)

“My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God

my Saviour.”

Meditation:

Mary's Magnificat — her song of praise — focuses on the great source of true joy.

If we really want to be fully happy we too should look towards God.

We see what God has done through Mary - a simple, poor, young woman from a poor country.

Nothing is impossible to God — be glad and rejoice.

Prayer:

Mary, let our joy abound from a life centred on the love of Jesus.

May we always give joy to those we meet.

As evangelized people, may we promote happiness and joy in a world so often full of bad news.

Woman of joy, pray for us.

 

CURRENT PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART (AURORA USA)

NOVENA to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

                MEMORARE  (Aurora USA)

REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, how greatly Our Father has loved you. He has chosen you to be the Mother of his Son, and has maintained you faithful, the servant of the Lord all the way to the cross.

Relying  on  Christ's  choice  from the cross when he made you our Mother, we pray you speak for us now that you stand in his presence.

We praise you and we thank you. Take into  consideration  our  requests  and our needs  ......  Lead all men to the source of living water opened in the side of your Son and pouring forth for the life of the world hope and peace, mercy and salvation.

Help us to live in his love and to do whatever he tells us. From the heart of your Son, our sole mediator, obtain for us the grace best suited to us, for which in union with you we thank him.  Amen.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,  Pray for us.

 

FIRST DAY                          MARY, THE MOTHER OF CHRIST

"Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, how greatly our Father has loved you. He has chosen you to be the Mother of his Son,”

God in your plan of salvation for us you decided that your only Son would become man and share in our nature. You also chose Mary to be his Mother and thus gave her a most important part in Christ's mystery. In choosing her to be the Mother of your Son, you honored her above all women and drew her closer to yourself than any other person.

We know that you also chose us, in Christ, before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless before you. We ask you to hear our prayers today. Help us to realize, like Mary, the immense love you have for us in choosing us to be your people and in sending your Son to be our Savior. Help us to appreciate our vocation to holiness and give us the courage to say yes  to you as Mary did when you asked her to be the mother of your Son. We ask you this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

SECOND DAY                     MARY, THE SERVANT OF THE LORD

The Father has maintained you faithful, the servant of the Lord all the way to the cross.

God,  in  your providence you decreed that all men should obey you and seek your will above all things. In becoming man and accepting  death  on the cross,  your Son showed us what it means to carry out your will and serve you. He showed us that our true freedom and perfection can only be found in remaining faithful to you.

All through her life, but especially at the foot of the cross, Mary proved herself faithful to you and to your Son. Although your will for her meant pain and suffering as well as joy, she never failed to be the servant you wanted her to be. In this way she joined herself to Christ as a perfect example of obedience to you.

We ask you to give us the strength to persevere, like Mary, as your servants. Help us to accept both good times and bad, both health and sickness, both joy and suffering as expressions of your will for us. Above all, help us to remain faithful to you even when we do not understand your will. From the cross, lead us, with Mary, to the joy of your Son's resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen..

 

THIRD DAY                        MARY, OUR MOTHER

"Relying on Christ's choice from the cross when he made you our Mother, we pray you speak for us now that you stand in his presence.

Almighty  God,  it was your will that Christ be, in all things, the first man, the model and guide for all others.. Even now you desire that every man be a part of your Son's body, since it is through him alone that we can come before you.. In giving us his own mother to be our mother~ Jesus showed us how closely we are meant to be united with him. From the moment of his death, Mary' has been more than his physical mother. She has been the mother of his body, the Church. She joins him in his intercession with you on our behalf.

We ask you to bring us, like Mary, to a closer union with your Son. Help us to be alive and active as members of his body. Hear the words our Saviour speaks on our behalf and hear the words of Mary as she stands in your presence and intercedes for us. Help us to be true brothers and sisters with Jesus and true children of Mary. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

FOURTH DAY                     MARY, VIRGIN MOST VENERABLE

"We praise you and we thank you."

God, our Father, when we think of all that you have done for us and still do for us each moment, but especially when we consider  the  immense  grace  you  have granted us in your Son, we are filled with thanks and praise. You have truly called us out of darkness into the warmth and brilliance of your own light. Day and night, in all our activities, in all our thoughts, in all  our existence,  you are with us. In praising you and your Son, we also praise your  Son's  Mother who  played  such an important role in your mystery and who herself shares your concern for us.

Help us to follow Mary in praising and thanking you. Help us to imitate her in saying  that our soul magnifies  you and that our spirit rejoices in our Saviour. Fill us, as you did Mary, with your Holy Spirit. May our greatest joy be to join Mary in singing  your  praises  for ever.  May our praise of her be a reflection of our praise of your divine majesty. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

FIFTH DAY          MARY, VIRGIN MOST POWERFUL

"Take  into  consideration  our  requests

Lord God, through your son, you taught us to pray and to call you our Father. Christ insisted that we should come to him, and through him to you, no matter what our needs or trouble. We have seen that his burden is not heavy. We have experienced in many ways the rest he gives our souls.  In giving us Mary to be our Mother, he also taught us to bring our requests and our needs to her. We know that she in turn prays to her Son on our behalf.

Teach us, Lord, to pray. Help us to know you as our loving Father. Take away any fear we might have of approaching you in all our concerns. Like Mary, may we remember to turn to you at all times. Hear the prayers of our Mother on our behalf. May we know the power of her intercession and the depth of your love. We ask you this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

SIXTH DAY                         MARY, MOTHER OF DIVINE GRACE

"Lead all men to the source of living water opened in the side of your Son and pouring forth  for the  life  of the  world  hope and peace, mercy and salvation."

Lord, we call your special love for us grace. In the water flowing from the side of your Son on the cross, we see the tor­rent of your love. In Christ's body, sacri­ficed and glorified, we see the source of this living water, the one channel through which  your grace comes into our world. This grace means forgiveness and salvation~ it means hope, light and peace for each of us. Seeing Mary at the foot of Christ's cross when his heart was pierced, we realize her role in making that holy moment  possible  and her role  today in leading men to the source of grace.

We pray that the new life flowing from Christ's side might reach us and all men. We pray that by following Mary all might come to see the greatest sign of your love. We pray that, beside Mary, all men might gather at the foot of the cross to feel the healing effect of your love and to love you in return. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

SEVENTH DAY                          MARY, HELP OF CHRISTLANS

"Help us to live in his love ·  ·  ."

God, in your plan for us you did not intend salvation to be a momentary event. It is your will that we come to live a new life in your love- You willed that once we come to know you we should be new men, a new creation. In your Son, Jesus, you have made this new life and new creation a reality. As we come to share his new life in the Spirit, we begin to live in his love. Of all the petitions we bring before you, through Mary's intercession, this is the most important:  that we continue to live in the love your Son has revealed to us.

Lord, there are many things that work against our new life in your love. The selfishness, dishonesty and hatred so often encountered in our society are a negation of your love. Worst of all, in our own hearts pride and selfishness have often made it impossible for us to return love for love. We pray that you would help us overcome these obstacles. Like Mary, we ask you to humble our hearts so that we might be alive in your Spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

EIGHTH  DAY                    MARY, MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL

"Help us . . . to do whatever he tells us."

God, your Word teaches us that we can know if we are alive in your love by our observance  of your commandments. Your Son's love for you was demonstrated by his perfect obedience to your will - obedience that went as far as death on the cross.  Mary's  openness to  your will is still  another example  to us of what it means to put your plan of salvation first in our lives. Her actions were a proof of her love.

We ask you to help us imitate your Son and his Mother in their obedience to your will. We pray that through your Word and your Church as well as through the events of our lives and the help of our friends we will come to know what you want us to do. We need prophets who will speak in your name and correct us when we stray from the one path which leads to you. Help us, like Mary, to say "Your will be done," at every moment in our lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

NINTH  DAY                       MARY, OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

"From  the heart of your  Son, our sole Mediator, obtain for  us  the grace best suited to us, for which in union with you we thank him.  Amen.

Almighty God, it is true that you know us better than we know ourselves. In your wisdom you have a plan for each of us. In your providence you watch over us all. You make all things work for the benefit of those who love you. In Christ you have given us a Saviour and a Mediator. In Mary you have given us a mother to help us in all our needs.

During this novena we have prayed to our Mother, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and have asked her to intercede with her Son on our behalf. Because of the closeness in love she has with our Saviour, we trust that she will obtain for us the grace we need to do your will and live in your love.

With Mary we wish to thank you through your Son for all you have given us and our associates  during  this  novena.  We pray that with Mary we may one day be found worthy to praise you, our almighty Father, through Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.  Amen.

 

MEMORARE  (Aurora USA)

REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, how greatly Our Father has loved you. He has chosen you to be the Mother of his Son, and has maintained you faithful, the servant of the Lord all the way to the cross.

Relying  on  Christ's  choice  from the cross when he made you our Mother, we pray you speak for us now that you stand in his presence.

We praise you and we thank you. Take into  consideration  our  requests  and our needs  ......  Lead all men to the source of living water opened in the side of your Son and pouring forth for the life of the world hope and peace, mercy and salvation.

Help us to live in his love and to do whatever he tells us. From the heart of your Son, our sole mediator, obtain for us the grace best suited to us, for which in union with you we thank him.  Amen.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,  Pray for us.

 

MEMORARE  (Traditional)

REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,  the  ineffable  power  which  your divine Son has given you over his adorable heart.  Full of confidence in your merits, we now implore your protection.

O  heavenly  treasurer of the heart of Jesus, of that heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, and which you may  open when you please, in order to distribute among men all the treasures of love  and  mercy,  of light  and salvation which it contains, grant us, we beseech you, the favours we solicit  .......

No, we cannot meet with a refusal, and since you are our mother, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, favorably hear and grant our prayers.  Amen.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us.

 

Current prayers to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Traditional)

 

NOVENA OLSH      TRADITIONAL

(The Hope of the Hopeless)

THE "MEMORARE" TO OURLADY OF THE SACRED HEART.

 

Remember, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the ineffable power which Thy Divine Son has given Thee over His Adorable Heart. Full of confidence in Thy merits, we now implore Thy protection. O Heavenly Treasurer of  the Heart of Jesus, of that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, and which Thou mayest open when Thou pleasest, in order to distribute amongst men all the treasures of love and mercy, of light and salvation, which it contains, grant us, we beseech Thee, the favours we solicit.

No! we cannot meet with a refusal, and since Thou art our Mother, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, favourably  hear  and  grant  our prayers. Amen.

(The only text sanctioned by Rome in 195Os.)

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us! (3OO days indulgence.)

 

FIRST DAY

THE POWER OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART.

 

"Remember,  O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the ineffable power which. thy Divine Son has given thee over His adorable Heart."

 

Behold us kneeling at thy feet, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and thou knowest the motives which have induced us to begin this Novena. We are feeble, and come before thee exhausted with fatigue, to show thee the heavy burden of our trials, the difficulty of our undertakings, the greatness of our struggles. Thou art powerful, O Mary, and canst come to our aid.

Great, indeed, was the power of Joshua causing  the sun  to stand still, marvellous the power of Moses, commanding water to issue from the rock, wonderful the virtue of Elias causing the elements to obey him, but more wonderful, more marvellous, and more sublime is thy power over the Sacred Heart of thy Divine Son.

Greater than that of the prophets, more extended than that of kings, more sublime than that of angels, more unlimited than that of all the heavenly spirits, thy power extends  over  the  whole  world;  a  single prayer  from  thy  blessed  lips,  one  glance alone from thine eyes of mercy, exercises an  unspeakable  influence  over  the  Divine Heart of Jesus.

At the voice of His Immaculate Mother, our Sovereign Judge suspends the thunders of divine justice, ready to punish our crimes, closes  the abyss of  hell  yawning  beneath our feet, reopens the gates of Heaven, sheds upon us His salutary graces, and gives us all the means necessary for arriving at the happy abode of the elect.

Behold, O Virgin of Virgins, the ground of our confidence in thee. The thought alone that thou hast power to aid us consoles and strengthens us, and we have every reason to hope confidently in a Mother who is at once so powerful and so good.

 

Recite the "Memorare" or at leas three times the invocation:

Our Lady oft the Sacred Heart pray for us!

 

SECOND DAY

THE BEST ADVOCATE.

 

Full of confidence in thy merits we now implore thy protection."

 

In order to obtain a grace, O Mary, our merits are of little, efficacy, for they are feeble, few in number, and often, alas, they are lost through our daily faults. It is therefore. necessary to choose an advocate who can plead efficaciously for us with Our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Thou art this advocate, O our sweet Lady of the Sacred Heart.

 

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping  in this vale of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of  mercy towards us.

Thy merits are greater than those of all the saints; unlimited is thy love for us, all-powerful is thy prayer, we cannot meet with a refusal.

Courage, O my soul . .. precious is the grace thou dost solicit, more precious still the Protection with which Mary surrounds thee. Cast thyself into her arms and say: "O my Mother, deign to come to my assistance! I know no one more worthy than thou to speak to the Heart of  Jesus.”  I know not any mercy greater than thine -  after that of  Jesus, to obtain the success of my cause." We implore, therefore, thy generous assistance.  O well-beloved Queen:  draw a veil over our miseries, hide us, we beseech thee, beneath the mantle of thy virtues, give us a share of thy innumerable merits.

We ask it in the name of the ardent love thou hast always had for thy Divine Son, in the name of thy unceasing devotedness to Him,  and,  above all, in the name of the abundant  share  thou  hast  taken  in  the anguish and bitter sorrows of His  Sacred Heart."

 

Recite the "Memorare" or al least three limes the invocation:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us.·  St. Bernard.

 

THIRD DAY

THE PROTECTION OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART.

 

"We now implore thy protection."

 

What a kingdom is  that  of our heart! Nature and grace lay siege to it in turn; both good and evil spirits strive eagerly to take  possession  of  it,  but  we  alone  are masters of it, and can give it to whom we please.

But infinitely more desirable is the Heart of Jesus, that vast kingdom, where divine love with its infinite mercy abides. There we find justice and peace, there the riches of  eternity  abound,  there  all  the  virtues shine forth, there heaven and earth find a meeting place, there God and man exchange the kiss  of reconciliation,  and Mary alone can introduce us into this asylum of true happiness.

Thou are ever near it, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and thou canst obtain Its favours for those whom thy love protects.

Remember,  O  sweet and tender Mother, that we are thy children, that we are under thy special protection, and that we wish to abide with thee in the kingdom O£  eternal love; and to-day behold us humbly prostrate at thy feet, to ask of thee a new proof of thy  maternal  and  august  liberality.  O Heavenly  Treasurer  of  the  Sacred  Heart, thou art rich and we are poor; thou hast all, and we have nothing.

Canst thou behold us kneeling at thy feet, and soliciting thy protection in vain? Canst thou, O Mary, despise the cries of thy child­ren? Art thou not the Mother of Mercy? Disdain not to succour thy afflicted children, who groan beneath the burden of so many trials. Deliver us from the evils which over­whelm us, and avert from us the attacks of the enemy of our souls. Cover us, we beseech thee, with thy virginal mantle, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, guard and protect us ever and ever.

 

Recite the "Memorare" or at leas three times the invocation:

Our Lady oft the Sacred Heart pray for us!

 

 

FOURTH DAY

THE INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE OF ALL GRACES.

 

Heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, of that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, and which thou mayest open when thou pleasest."

Each day, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, torrents  of  graces  are  distributed  by  thy hands over the whole world; graces of conversion and perseverance, of martyrdom and apostolate, of resistance to temptation and generosity in the service of God; graces of prayer and virtue, of consolation and succour, of repentance and of fervour; graces for every moment in life, for every event favourable or unfavourable, for every difficulty . .. and all these graces,  temporal or spiritual, flow from the Heart of Jesus, from the Heart of thy Divine Son.

For ages this never failing source has not ceased to pour forth these marvellous waters, which  refresh  and  invigorate  the  soul, strengthen  every  infirmity,  fortify  every weakness, give a disgust for the false pleasures of this world, and a thirst for the true joys of heaven. From age to age this wondrous source, which never fails, nay, appears every  day more  abundant,  shall  shed  profusely  everywhere  the  riches  of  life.  The faithful  shall  ever  hear  Jesus  say  whilst showing them His Heart: "If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink."

But where shall we find a fitting channel to convey to thirsting souls this source of delights? To what hand has it been given to direct these healing waters, and to pour them forth by preference on the most desolate soils, the most weary souls, the most sin-laden hearts?

Surely to none other than thine, O sweet Mother, to whom thy divine. Son has given ineffable power to open at thy will His Sacred Heart and pour its choicest favours  upon thy children. How this thought, O Mary, re-animates, encourages, and rejoices us!

 

Recite the "Memorare" or at least three times the invocation:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us?

 

FIFTH DAY

LOVE AND MERCY.

 

"To distribute amongst men all the treasures of love and mercy of the Sacred Heart."

 

To love Thee, O my God, and to be loved by Thee, is the one thing necessary. To love Thee, O my God, is to give Thee with joy, entirely and for ever, all that we are, all that we have, our body, our soul, our will, our future. To be loved by Thee is to be encom­passed by Thy graces, enriched by Thy bene­fits, called to Thy eternal inheritance, and to be transformed so completely in Thee as to make but one heart and one soul.

Surmounting all obstacles, surpassing all limits, outstripping all measures, these two loves, stronger than death, have covered the world with the most astonishing prodigies. Thy love for us invented the crib, the cross, and the altar. The love Thou inspirest in us has invented virginity, apostolate, and martyrdom. Together they pursue their generous struggle, even to the last sacrifice, exciting the admiration of angels and of men.

As a new proof of Thine infinite charity, O Jesus, Thou dost manifest to us now, more than ever, all the treasures of love which Thy Sacred Herat contains, and Thou wishest to transmit them to us by the hands of Mary.

It is thou, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,  who  dost  communicate  to  us  this bright testimony of divine goodness. It is in thy hands that we must place our hearts, in order that they may be offered on our behalf to thy Divine Son.

But to obtain the grace of loving God, sinners  have  special  need  of  the  treasures of divine mercy. Our debts to divine justice are large., our faults numerous;  weary and fainting on the way of life, we are despoiled of graces, enfeebled by sin, and too often, alas! the unhappy victims of the enemy of our souls.

Above all, O Mother, obtain for us mercy and compassion from  the Heart of Jesus, and pour upon the wounds of our souls the balm which It contains. Alas, so often has Jesus  pardoned  us  that  fear  and  shame should prevent us from imploring forgiveness anew. But thou canst dispose of His Heart, with its treasure of love and mercy. Obtain for us, then, O tender Mother, and for all those for whom we intercede, the grace of a sincere and lasting conversion.

 

Recite the "Memorare" or at leas three times the invocation:

Our Lady oft the Sacred Heart pray for us!

 

SIXTH DAY

LIGHT AND SALVATION.

"The treasures of light and salvation which the Sacred Heart contains."

The way to heaven is narrow, covered with brambles and thorns, infested with robbers ever ready to seize and despoil the soul. It is difficult to find, painful to traverse. Unhappy he who sets forth alone, in the midst of the darkness of sin! Woe to him who, for this glorious but severe pilgrimage, provides not an unerring guide, a sure light and a powerful weapon! He will find himself incapable of reaching the kingdom of Heaven, and will rush surely to his destruction.

To avoid so dreadful an evil, O well-beloved Queen, we seek and find in thee all the means necessary for us. Light surrounds thee as a garment; the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the resplendent centre of this light, and it is thy maternal power that brings us under the influence of its sweet rays.

Enlighten us, O Mary! Show us the way we must follow', the requests we must make, the perils we must avoid. Enlighten us upon our miseries that we may deplore them, upon the infinite greatness of God that we may adore Him, upon the mercy and goodness of the  Heart of Jesus that we may love Him, upon thy solicitude so full of tenderness in our regard, to excite in us a true and con­tinual confidence.

Be not content, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, to show us the way; be thou also our guide! Jesus will be with thee, and in His Heart, which is always open, we will find arms to combat victoriously the mortal enemies of our salvation.

Our salvation! ... O Mother! when we consider that thou canst obtain for us and for all those dear to us this grace of graces, we forget all others.  Of what importance are  knowledge,  health,  success,  even  the consolation of piety, if we die not the death of the just, and our last moments resemble not those of the saints?

Recite the "Memorare" or at least three times the invocation:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SEVENTH DAY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE REQUEST.

"Grant us, we beseech thee, the favours we solicit."

Even if we were alone in addressing our prayers to thee, O Mary, the knowledge of our feebleness,  of our   faults, of our in­gratitude, would not destroy our filial confi­dence in thee. We would shut our eyes upon our unworthiness, and the cry of our souls would ascend to the foot of thy throne.

But we are far from being alone. in invoking thee. Happy members of this pious and dear~!! Association  which  hails  thee  under  the beautiful title of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,  we  have  millions  of  brothers  and sisters who pray with us and for us. This never band of Christians consecrated to thy glory numbers  of holy Bishops  ranking after the Supreme Pontiff, legions of Missionaries and Priests, crowds of Virgins, entire congregations of Religious, a multitude of faithful of every age and every clime; and this immense family spread over the surface of the earth has but one heart and one soul; all  their  intentions  are  united,  and  each prays for all. To thee, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, we offer all the prayers of so many fervent souls, and in consideration of their merit, we conjure thee to grant us the favours we solicit.

If thou hadst never harkened to the cry of a sinner, O dear Mother, our temerity would be great in approaching  thee.  But it would be easier to count the grains of sand upon the seashore than to reckon the number of sinners favoured with thy protection and clemency.

And in thy beloved Association, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, do we not see how eagerly thou dost hasten to our aid? How many thanksgivings ascend daily to the foot of thy throne from the midst of our brethren! How many cures, considered hopeless, have been obtained. How many signal conversions of impenitent sinners have been recorded!  How many authentic proofs of these marvels are preserved in thy Central Shrine at Rome! How many ex-voto offerings, how many glittering lamps and wax-tapers illumine thy altar in testimony of gratitude!

Shall it then be said, O Mary, that we were  the  first  who ever  invoked thee in vain? Wilt thou not rather constrain us to thank thee, and to acknowledge once again that thou are truly our all-powerful Lady of the Sacred Heart!

 

Recite the Memorare" or at least three times the invocation:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pray for us.

 

EIGHTH DAY

NO REFUSAL.

 No! We cannot meet with. a refusal!" . . .

Mary is too powerful over the Heart of her Divine Son not to obtain for us the graces we implore. "Let us pray to her with St. Bernard," exclaims one of her devoted servants, "that she speak for us to the Heart of her Son."

"Yes, O Mary, it is thy privilege to speak to this Heart. In thee It has a faithful correspondent, and filial love anticipates all the desires of thy maternal heart. How canst thou fear a refusal when thou speakest to the Saviour? His love for thee intercedes on our behalf, Nature itself entreats for us, for the Heart of Jesus already vanquished by affection the more readily yields to His Mother's request. It is for this reason that Mary always pleads so efficaciously, because she speaks to a heart already won- the Heart of her Son.

"Intercede for us, O Blessed Mother! Thou hast in thy hands the key of the blessings of heaven. Thy Son is the mystic key which opens the treasury of the. Eternal Father. No! we cannot meet with a refusal! ...

Mary is too good not to grant us graces we solicit, when she is so powerful, and sees her children so fervently  imploring  the favour which their tears and prayers earnestly demand. No, sweet Mother, it shall not be said that we had so firm a confidence in thee, and yet knocked in vain at the door of thy mercy, that we begged thy protection and received it not, that we sought thy aid and found it not.

No! we cannot meet with a refusal! For the affair which we confide to thee is important, difficult, hopeless; thy power  is our only resource, O Mary! We conjure thee, O tender Mother, by-all thou holdest most dear, to obtain for us the graces we solicit from the Heart of Jesus.

Recite the "Memorare" or at leas three times the invocation:

Our Lady oft the Sacred Heart pray for us!

* Bossuet.

 

NINTH DAY

 HOPE.

 

"And since thou art our Mother, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, favourably hear and grant our prayers." Amen.

 

We come to thy feet, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, to close our Novena, and we feel impelled to express our gratitude to thee, even before knowing the result of our request. The calm which we experience, the hope that rises in our souls, the ardent love we feel for thee, assures us that we have in Thy hands a consolation and remedy for our great needs. Be thou, then, a thousand times blessed, O best of Mothers, and most powerful of Queens! If, as we hope, our prayer is already answered, nothing will restrain our transports of gratitude and joy. We wilt publish everywhere  thy  praises, and  proclaim with joy that the surest means to obtain a favour is to have recourse to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and to go with confidence to this throne of eternal mercy.

If  the favour we implore is deferred, we will wait with patience.  Far from being discouraged, we will renew our supplications with ardour, hoping confidently in thy goodness, for thou knowest better than we the hour and the moment when it will be most beneficial for us to receive the object of our desires.

And now, O heavenly Patroness, we have acted  towards  thee as children to a well-beloved mother. We have made known to thee our sufferings and our fears, our sorrows and our temptations,  our perils  and our wants. We cast ourselves into thy arms, we abandon ourselves to thee, for we know thou wilt not let us perish.

Again we conjure thee, O our dear Lady of the Sacred Heart, to hear our prayers, and grant us all the graces we have solicited during this Novena; extend thy protection to us, and to all those whom we have recommended to thee; obtain for us from the Heart of thy Divine Son the happiness of loving Him here below, and of reigning with Him for ever in Heaven.  Amen.

 

Recite the "Memorare" or at leas three times the invocation:

Our Lady oft the Sacred Heart pray for us!

 

INVOCATIONS TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART (For private recitation)

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, queen of peace and clemency.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, dispensatrix of God's gifts.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, subduer of hearts.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of mercy.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of divine grace.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, sweet gift from Heaven.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, sovereign benefactress.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, incomparable treasurer.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, august mediatrix.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, refuge in danger.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, help of the abandoned.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of the orphans and the destitute.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, hope of the hopeless.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, blessed by all generations.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, all-powerful with the Most High.

Our Lady of  the  Sacred  Heart,  mysterious fountain.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, safe asylum amid the dangers of the world.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, purest and love­liest of creatures.

Deign  to  accept  our  homage and hear our prayers.

May Heaven revere thee,

May earth publish thy benefits,

May he young take refuge under thy virginal mantle.

May mothers confide to thee their children,

May the aged invoke and bless thee,

Triumph over the insensibility of our hearts,

Draw from our eyes fountains of tears,

Convert the most hardened sinners,

Be our defence when Satan assaults us,

Deign to aid us to sanctify our trials,

Deign to bless and fertilise our labours.

Deign to guard us under thy shield,

Deign to be moved by our misfortunes and our dangers,

Deign in thy charity to give us refuge in thy arms,

Deign in thy compassion to cover our sins and faults,

Deign in thy tenderness never to abandon us,

Deign in thy humility to overcome our pride,

Deign in  thy love to lead us to the Heart of Jesus,

Deign by thy prayers to assist us in our last hour

Deign to protect us at the tribunal of God,

Preserve our Sovereign Pontiff-King,

Preserve the Faith of this fair land which loves thee,

Guide the Bishops and Clergy in the way of true holiness,

Protect Catholic Europe against the efforts of the impious,

Bring back to the Church heretics and schismatics,

Make the light of the Gospel to shine amongst infidels.

V. Pray for us, O Invincible Lady of the Sacred Heart.

R. That through Thee, O sublime hope of the hopeless, we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

LET US PRAY.

O God, who for the triumph of Thy mercy and the salvation of souls has granted to the Immaculate Virgin Mary an ineffable power over the Heart of Jesus, grant, by her prayers and intercession, that we may live and die in Thy holy love. We beseech Thee through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved? For ever.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on all

 

ARCHCONFRATERNITY OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

                1. Its Object·

1. To honour Mary under this title. 

2. Acknow­ledge her power with the Sacred Heart.

3. Obtain her help in difficult and hopeless cases.

11. Advantages.

1. The  special  protection  of Our  Lady  of  the Sacred Heart. 

2. Mass is offered daily for members at Issoudun; at Rome each Thursday, and, on the First  Thursday,  for  deceased  members.   3. All intentions are prayed for.  

4. All share in fellow members' prayers and good works.

        111.        Indulgences. Plenary.

1. On the day of admission.

2. In the hour of death.

3. On the Feasts of the Nativity, Epiphany, Resur­rection and Ascension of Our Lord.

4. On the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

5. On the Feast of the Immacu­late  Conception,  Nativity,  Annunciation,  Purifica­tion, Assumption and Maternity of Our Lady.

6. On the Feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (31st May) or one day during the Octave.

Besides the above there are many Partial Indulgences.

IV. Only Conditions.

1. To send name in full to the Director of Annals, Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, to be entered in the Register. 

2. To repeat once every morning and evening the following short invocation:              

        Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us     (3OO days Indulgence.)

 

 

Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

National Shrine O.L.S.H. Church, Randwick 2010

 

Leader: May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved.          All:      Forever!

Leader: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.                                             All:      Pray for us.

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

 Prayer:

All: Jesus, we adore you present with us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, we wish to be one with you as we pray to your Son. You were with him at Bethlehem, Nazareth, Calvary; it is only right that we should think of you, together with him, handing on our prayers to him, and handing to us his graces.

Help us to follow his example, and become more and more like Jesus.

Encourage us to be always ready to help others as you did for Elizabeth.

Help us to be aware of the needs of others as you were at Cana.

Teach us to be as courageous as you were on Calvary,

and to have the same spirit of faith, of prayer, of hope

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which you showed throughout your life.

Your whole life is summed up in the words:

“Be it done to me according to your Word.”

I want this to be my way of life too.

Help me to accept God’s plan for my life, whatever it might be.

 (Adapted from St Marcellin Champagnat)

 

HYMN: Woman of the Sacred Heart

James Maher MSC

 

1.  In you our flesh he had to come,

You grounded him upon our earth.

 Your feet that walked, your womb that held,

Your pain that brought this love to birth.

The Sacred Heart of Him you held,

Can grieve and grow within the space,

Of patient love and listening,

A mother’s choice, a mystic’s grace.

 

2. In your delight, in your despair,

The smallest choices of each day;

The cost to you, your hope-filled ‘yes’,

 Your courage lived shows us the way.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,

Eternal sign of God’s surprise,

In you we know the poor as blessed,

This world transformed before our eyes.

3. O Woman of the Sacred Heart,

 You heard the words of Gabriel,

 Pray we may hear the call of God

And come to meet Emmanuel.

His truth is witnessed in your face,

That he became and was and is,

The Sacred Heart, the resting place,

Our hearts forever held in his.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Day One: Woman of  Faith

Reflection:

 Fr Chevalier, in honouring Mary with the new title—Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, wanted to express all aspects of the relationship between Jesus and His mother, the one chosen by God, through whom the Son would form the human heart of God.

 

“This Heart where God works such wonders and from which he receives so much love;

this Heart which reunites so many wonderful things,

where heaven and earth meet with a kiss of peace;

this Heart from which life flows and to which life returns;

this Heart, the centre of creation, is the Heart of Your Son.

It is you who have given this to heaven and to God.

May you be blessed in time.

May you be blessed in eternity, O Mary.” (Jules Chevalier)

 

Scripture:  Lk 1:26-38  the Annunciation— “Blessed is she who believed that the promises made to her would be fulfilled.”

 

Meditation: When the angel approached Mary to be the mother of Jesus, she was afraid. But she talked with the angel on how this could come about.

She then consented fully and gave a wholehearted yes to what God was asking of her.

 

Time for quiet reflection.

 

 

Prayer:Mary, so often we are afraid in one way or another. Do not let our fears block us from becoming the people you want us to become and from doing the things you want us to do.

Do not let us be afraid to question. After expressing the feelings in our hearts, let us joyfully put into practice what God is asking of us. Woman of faith, pray for us.

 

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 Time for writing Petitions or expressions of Thanks for answers to Prayer.

 

Day Two: Woman of Hope

 Reflection:

For all of his life Fr Jules Chevalier lived in difficult times: the ongoing revolutionary period in France saw an often brutal and cold society, while within the Church there was “a spirit of severity and fear”. Moved profoundly by the theology and spirituality of the Heart of Jesus, Fr Chevalier spoke confidently and simply of “Friendship with God” in the face of the coldness of his times:

 “Our heart has not only the need to love; it experiences also the need to be loved. Where shall we turn to find a true friend into whose heart we can pour what is overflowing in ours? To whom can we confide our most intimate secrets?... Jesus Christ has a keen desire to be our friend, so let us turn to him, making him our friend. How precious his friendship is! We can count on his fidelity; he will never fail us, not even when we are in the midst of trials, not even on the other side of the tomb.

God is a sincere friend. Human beings are not always so...Jesus makes no exceptions of persons. No matter what our talents, no matter where we may be or what may have happened to us, his Heart will always be open to receive us, to lavish his love upon us. The greater our misfortune, the more proofs of his sincere friendship there will be. So let us, ( with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) put our trust in him with the greatest confidence.” ( Jules Chevalier MSC)

 

Scripture:  John 4:10-14  Jesus is the living water.

 

Meditation:

At the Second Vatican Council the Bishops spoke of Mary as a sign of sure hope and solace for God’s people on their pilgrimage through life. They urged the entire body of the faithful to pour forth persevering prayer to the Mother of God and the mother of people. The words of St Ephrem are also significant: she is the hope of the hopeless.

 

Time for quiet reflection.

 

Prayer: All: Mother of hope, we confidently appeal to you as children to their mother. Lead us to your Son who is the living water of life.

Lead us to this water that quenches our thirst and heals us.

You who are called the hope of the hopeless lead us from despair to hope. Pray for us that we may bring the Good News of your Son’s love to everyone everywhere. Woman of Hope, pray for us.

 

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 

Day Three: Woman of Love

 

Reflection:

 One of the first duties of a mother is to provide for all the needs of her children, to love, to nourish, maintain and develop the life she has given to them. Mary’s greatest need and deepest desire is to assist God’s outpouring of Himself. God is an infinitely abundant spring desiring only to pour out its water. Mary is a blessed channel, desiring only to further this outpouring, and she wants this out of love for us.

We are made to live the life of God; and so throughout our whole life there is this hunger for God that God alone can satisfy.

Mary continually says; “do whatever He tells you.” Jesus says, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

(From the writings of Fr.Chevalier.)

 

Scripture:  John 2:1-10 (The Wedding at Cana)

The mother of Jesus said to Him, they have no wine....”

Then she said to the servants “Do whatever He tells you.”

 

Meditation: Mary noticed the problem that had arisen at the wedding feast in Cana and drew the attention of Jesus to it. Mary did something and a miracle resulted. She showed love for people in difficulty. For evil to thrive, it is enough for good people to do nothing.

 

Time for quiet reflection.

 

Prayer:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, help us to learn how to really love. May we be healed of our passivity and selfishness and prove our love in practical action.

Help us learn that it is a more blessed thing to give than to receive.

Lead us from greed to generosity. Remind us of your Son’s great love and self-giving. Woman of love, pray for us.

 

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 

Day Four: Woman of Service

 Reflection:

 

“The angel had greeted Mary as ‘full of grace’. The saviour of the world dwells in her womb. And in the goodness of his Heart he has already chosen her to dispense his gifts.

In answer to the plans of his divine Heart the blessed virgin does not hesitate to undertake a long and difficult journey. She leaves with haste, says the holy gospel. No matter that the road she has to take is mountainous. The love in the Heart of Jesus urges her on; she does not want to cause any delay.

Weariness is nothing for her; the will of God is everything.

 Do we have the same zeal as Mary to do the good that is within our power? How many excuses we make to avoid doing a service  to our neighbour!”

 

(From the writings of Fr.Chevalier.)

 

Scripture:   Luke 1:39-45 (the Visitation)

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zachariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

 

Meditation:

Though  it had just been announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of the messiah, she selflessly  travelled to visit Elizabeth who was pregnant at an advanced age. She thought of others and generously reached out to Elizabeth in her need.

 

Time for quiet reflection.

 

Prayer:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, help us to learn how to really love. May we be healed of our passivity and selfishness and prove our love in practical action.

Help us learn that it is a more blessed thing to give than to receive.

Lead us from greed to generosity. Remind us of your Son’s great love and self-giving. Woman of service pray for us.

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Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 

Day Five: Woman, Faithful follower of Jesus

 Reflection: When all the disciples fled, Mary was left alone on Calvary with some faithful  friends, giving proof of her enduring love and commitment.

She heard her Son forgive his torturers, and promise heaven to the compassionate thief.

She heard him ask for water, thirsty from loss of blood. She saw the 

soldiers gambling for the seamless robe.

She heard Him exercise his duty as her son by asking John to take care of her. She came to understand that she should mother his followers as her children when he was gone.

She heard her son, the son who wanted to stay in his Father’s house cry out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

She heard him whisper: “ It is done”, and with a loud cry, bow his head and die. In our grieving and dying we can be sure of Mary’s understanding and healing presence. She brings us to peace again and enables us to be compassionate to others .

 (From the writings of Fr.Chevalier and Brother Joe Tesar MSC)

 

Scripture: Jn 19:25-27 (Mary at the foot of the Cross)

                

Meditation: Real commitment to God, to another person or to a cause is admirable. Still more admirable is faithful commitment that calls for selflessness, hard work, suffering or even death. We are inspired by truly dedicated people.

Our Baptismal vocation calls us to follow Jesus.  With Mary, we continue to be committed disciples of Jesus...in our families, the Church, and in the wider society.

 

Time for quiet reflection.

 

Prayer: All: Mary, thank you for your example of being a true and faithful disciple of Jesus. Thank you for the constancy of your love for Jesus. Your dedication was severely tested but particularly so on

Calvary. Teach us how to be dedicated and committed people of God. Woman, faithful follower of Jesus, pray for us.

 

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

Time for writing Petitions or expressions of Thanks for answers to Prayer.

 

Day Six: Woman of the Family

Reflection:

 “From his childhood Our Lord could have made his way in the world...but he did not want to. He preferred to live forgotten, silent, apart; and to do this up to the age of thirty.  In this haven he obeyed Mary and Joseph meticulously in everything: he was obedient to them.

 

God hungers and thirsts to give himself and does this especially by grace. Mary’s greatest need and deepest desire is to assist God’s outpouring of himself, by communicating grace. God is an infinitely abundant spring desiring only to pour out its water. Mary is a blessed channel, desiring only to further this outpouring; and she wants this out of love for us. Human beings are made to live the life of God; and so throughout our whole being there is this hunger for God that God alone can satisfy. And so, what a need in Mary to give God to us and to give us to God.”

 (Jules Chevalier, Notre Dame du Sacré-Coeur)

 

Scripture:  Luke 2:51-52 (Jesus and Mary in Nazareth).

He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their

authority. His mother kept all these things in her heart.

 

Meditation: Mary was a mother; she had to look after her family in all sorts of circumstances: in her home, as a refugee, when her son was on the road, and above all at the foot of the cross. She has a mother’s awareness of the difficulties we are experiencing; she is anxious to help, without being intrusive. She showed that in the life of her Son, and she shows it now to all of us, for Jesus said on the Cross: “Behold your mother”. It is for us to work out with Mary what we need, and then we know that she will obtain it from the heart of her Son.

 Time for quiet reflection.

 Prayer: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, you formed a loving family. You were united in work, prayer and enjoyment for thirty years. It was from this base that you sent Jesus on the greatest mission of all time. You helped in the process in which Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and people. May parents in our day be supported by your example and prayer. May our children be well cared for, and not be aborted, abandoned, or abused.

Woman of the family, pray for us.

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Woman of love, pray for us.

Time for writing Petitions or expressions of Thanks for answers to Prayer.

 

Day Seven: Woman of the Poor

Reflection: Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, was a woman who understood, and still understands, from experience, what it means to be poor and live among the poor. Yet, she was called by the Lord to the greatest of honours. Fr Chevalier gives us a picture of her:

“A young woman, poor and unknown, a modest workman for a spouse, and passing her days in silence, work and obscurity, presumes to claim before heaven and earth ‘that all generations will call me blessed.’ And this she does under a humble roof in a corner of Judea... Yet she was called by God to the greatest of honours.

When the shepherd followed the message of the angels, they recognise their Saviour by the coarse swaddling clothes and by the dilapidated

stable which serves as a cradle; but what strikes them first is Mary: ‘They found the child with Mary, His mother.’” It will always be thus: Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, will always lead us to the Heart of Jesus.

 Scripture:  Zephaniah 3: 11 –13

When that day comes...In your midst I will leave a poor and needy people, and they shall hope in the name of the Lord.”

 

Time for quiet reflection.

 

Meditation: Mary of Nazareth belonged to this poor and needy people. Her heart was full of humble trust. She did not trust in money, powerful friends, land or education certificates; but as one of Israel’s poor and needy, she trusted in the Love of God. We need to be reminded of the harsh facts of poverty, because, although we may not be responsible for placing this burden on people, we do share responsibility for leaving it there.

 

Prayer:

Mary of Nazareth, draw us to trust the love of your Son, first of all by acknowledging that, without Him, we can do nothing. It is your Son who said, “Happy are those who know their need of God.Woman of the poor, pray for us.

Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 

Day Eight: Woman of Prayer

 Reflection:

 “The Heart of the Divine Master is the centre on which everything in the Old and New Testament converges, the pivot around which everything in

Catholicism turns:

The sun of the Church; The soul of our souls;

The source of our mysteries; The origin of our sacraments;

The pledge of our reconciliation; The salvation of our world;

The remedy of our ills.

That is how I understand devotion to the Sacred Heart: it embraces everything; it is the answer to everything.” (Jules Chevalier, 1862)

 Scripture:  Acts 1:12-14 “All the apostles joined in continuous prayer with several women including Mary, the mother of Jesus.”

 Time for quiet reflection.

Meditation: As a devout Jewess, Mary prayed seven times a day. She taught her boy, Jesus, how to pray. She prayed reflectively, for the Gospel tells us “she pondered all these things in her heart.” She worked and lived her life in a spirit of prayer.

Turn to God, present with you, and love Him. You may not feel his presence; but desire Him, give yourself to Him, love Him, and you are experiencing God.

 Prayer: Mary, intercede for us that we will have a great desire for prayer and that we will link all our life with prayer. May we always pray with confident faith as your Son told us: “ask and you will receive”. May we show the love of your Son for us by expressing our thanks for the great abundance and variety of gifts with which he blesses us. Woman of prayer, pray for us.

 Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 

Day Nine: Woman of Joy

 Reflection:

When Mary visited Elizabeth, she responded to her cousin’s greeting with the wonderful song of joy: “My soul glorifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.”

Fr Chevalier, truly caught up in Mary’s joy, wrote: “Having resolved that the Word would take human nature, God wishes to give him a human mother, but a mother pure and without stain...thus Mary took her place in the divine plan.” Then he invites us to share in this joy as he continues: “It is to you, Mary, … the Ark of God… the wonder of  all ages, that the eyes of all are turned… And so to you all generations will proclaim you blessed. Yes, All will call you blessed for you have brought them life and glory.”

 However, later this experience of joy was tempered with the insight of Simeon, the prophet, in the temple “with this ominous glimpse into the future: “Behold this child is set for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and as a sign of contradiction, and your own soul will be pierced by a lance.”

Sorrow in the midst of joy-Mary is truly one of us, for that is our lot too.

 Scripture:   Luke 1:46-56 {the Magnificat} The Song of the Virgin Mary: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my Spirit rejoices in God, my saviour…”

 

Meditation: Mary’s magnificat—her song of praise—focuses on the great source of true joy: loving obedience to the will of our loving God. If we really want to be fully happy, we too, should look towards God. We see what God has done through Mary—a simple, poor young woman from a poor country. Nothing is impossible to God—be glad and rejoice.

Time for quiet reflection.

 

Prayer:

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, let our joy abound from a life centred on the love of Jesus. May we always give joy to those we meet. As evangelised people, may we promote happiness and joy in the world so often full of bad news. Woman of joy, pray for us.

 Time for writing Petitions and Thanksgiving notes.

Go to end for the concluding prayers.

 

Concluding Prayer:  Memorare to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

 

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,

The great things the Lord has done for you.

He chose you for his mother; He wanted you close to his cross.

He gives you a share in his glory. He listens to your prayer.

Offer him our prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

Present our petitions to Him.

         ( Pause – to recall your petitions)

Let us live like you in the love of your Son

So that his Kingdom may come.

Lead all people to the source of living water that flows from his heart,

Spreading over the world hope and salvation, justice and peace.

See our trust in you; answer our prayer.

Show yourself always our Mother. Amen.

 

Exposition concludes with Benediction.

 As the Blessed Sacrament is taken back to the Tabernacle, the Petition and Thanks boxes are also taken to be placed near the altar for the duration of Mass.

 

Benediction:

Down in adoration falling

this great sacrament we hail.

Ancient types have long departed ,

Newer rites of grace prevail.

Faith for all defects supplying,

where the feeble senses fail.

Glory let us give and blessing,

To the Father and the Son.

Honour, might and praise addressing

While eternal ages run.

Equal praise to thee confessing

Who proceeds from both as one. Amen.

Amen.

 V. You have given them bread from heaven.

R. Having in itself all delight.

 Let us pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, we worship you living among us

In the sacrament of your body and blood.

May we offer to our Father in heaven

a solemn pledge of undivided love.

May we offer to our brothers and sisters

a life poured out in loving service of that kingdom

where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

Al: Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Divine Praises:

Blessed be God.

Blessed be his Holy Name.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.

Blessed be the Name of Jesus,

Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be his most Precious Blood.

Blessed be Jesus in the holy sacrament of the altar.

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the mother of God, Mary most holy.

Blest be her holy and immaculate conception.

Blessed be her glorious assumption.

Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and mother.

Blessed be St Joseph her chaste spouse.

Blessed be God in his Angels and in His Saints.

 

 

 

WOMAN OF HIS HEART - MARIAN MEDITATIONS 1982  MONTH OF PRAYER

WILLIAM JOHN RYAN Priest of the Sarto Institute

 

MARIAN   MEDITATIONS

Dedicated to Jules Chevalier, Marie Louise Hartzer and the  Congregations they Founded.

The whole of reality is an expression of the love of God. It comes, as we say, from his divine Heart. But, because God has become man, with a human heart like our own, and has held up that Heart before us as a re­minder of his Jove, we can truly say that all things come from the Heart of Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.

Now, in the great outpouring of his divine and human Jove, our blessed Lord has willed that Mary have a special part. We find her intimately united with him in all stages of his loving activity. Hence, she has been called Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Under this title, we view her as coming from and united with the Heart of her Son.

In these meditations, we shall see Mary as she is revealed to us through Sacred Scrip­ture. We shall find that, from the beginning, she is in God's plan for mankind, intimately related to him in his divine and human out­pouring of love.

The meditations may be used at any time. They are arranged to fit into a month of thirty-one days, so that they may be used in the month of May. They end with an invoca­tion honouring Mary in some relation she has with the Heart of her Son, and a prayer: the Memorare of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. A daily thought, spirit and rosary in­tention are suggested.

If we endeavour to understand Mary's place in God's plan, some of the peace of heaven will enter our souls, because the company of Mary cannot but have an effect upon us. She will teach us in a quiet but telling way all the virtues that graced the Heart of her Son, and she will leave us long­ing only to be more and more like him; not for our own glory, but for the glory of his Sacred Heart.

 

AN IMAGE FULL OF MEANING

The picture of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is a picture full of meaning.

It is not meant simply to please us. It is meant to make us thoughtful; to make us wish to pray.

It reveals to us the beauty of heavenly things and invites us to begin longing for God and the peace of God.

The obvious meaning is love — the love of a mother, the love of a son, and somehow, as well, the love of ourselves.

We can see the calm, profound love of the mother for the Son: his Heart is hers; we see the complete content of the Son's love for the mother; he acknowledges his Heart is hers; we see the love of both for ourselves: his Heart is ours through her.

The mother is ours; the Son is ours; their love is ours: this is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART, PRAY FOR US.

 

THE "MEMORARE" TO OUR  LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Remember, our Lady of the Sacred Heart, that your divine Son has given you great power, power over his Heart. We are filled with hope! We trust in your merits, and we beg you now, to come and grant us your protection.

In heaven you are the Treasurer of this Heart, the Heart of Jesus, Heart which never fails to grant us every grace, the Heart you open with joy, to share the treasures there contained: his love and mercy, his light and saving grace.

Grant us, we beg you, what we ask of you:

No! We cannot think you will refuse!

And since you are the Mother of us all,

do kindly hear and grant our prayers.      Amen.

 

1

"The woman . . . and her offspring".

We begin our meditations on Mary at the beginning of the human race. Yahweh God is speaking to the mother and father of the men and women of Earth, and to Satan who has led them away from their obedience to him.

Yahweh God speaks, condemning the evil spirit who had tempted the woman to dis­obey:

"Because you have done this, . .  I will make you enemies of each other: you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring" [Gn 3:15).

Satan had deceived first the woman, so Yahweh will punish him through the woman, through her vital work of motherhood. He, Satan, will continually try to destroy man and woman, but she, woman, will retaliate by giving birth to new members of Adam's race.

The woman's offspring will be enemies of Satan and his followers. Like Eve, every woman will be an enemy of Satan. With God and her husband, she will create life: a new human person destined for eternal union with God. This is what Satan declares war on — that the children of Adam should reach the goal which he has lost. Thus, each new mem­ber of the race of Adam rebuffs Satan.

What a rebuff the woman of Nazareth will deliver to Satan when she gives birth to her holy offspring, Jesus, the God-man!

Jesus, the God-man, and the Woman his mother! They were there in the vista of the divine mind as Yahweh God looked from Eden to Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Calvary. He saw them together, intimately united, united moreover at a battle-front, as enemies of Satan.

This is the answer of Yahweh God to the devil: a mother and her son. Their strength is their mutual love. His heart is hers and he is pleased it be so.

Our Lady, woman of God's Heart, pray for us.

     Remember:

Thought: Mary's vital position in God's plans. Leading all women, she will rebuff Satan.

     Spirit: Praise of Mary's greatness.

Rosary Intention: That women will under­stand Mary's role and their own role in the struggle with Satan,

 

2

"It will crush your head".

The offspring of Eve will defeat Satan, crush his head. Yahweh God here foretells victory for the human race over the powers of Satan. Will there be a single victor? The Hebrew text says the victor will be "it", the offspring in general of the first woman, Eve. The Greek text says that the victor will be "he", a particular man of Eve's offspring, namely Christ. The Latin version says "she will crush your head", meaning Eve or Mary, mother of Christ.

We know that, in the vista of Yahweh's thought, there was a decided victory over Satan; there was an individual victor, Jesus Christ, and with him was a woman, Mary his mother. Even the bare Hebrew text: "It will crush your head", contains the news of sal­vation to come, a salvation brought by Christ, offspring of Eve, offspring of the woman, Mary.

Mary, then, commands our respect and admiration: she, with her Son, is to overcome the spirit of evil, Satan. She will be powerful. The Church does call her "terrible as an army set in battle array" and "Virgin most power­ful".

Her power clearly is to be a power over evil, over sin. She is to stand, opposite Satan, for all that is good in human life. It will be the power of a mother, as it will be exercised with and through her offspring, her Son, Jesus. It will be dependent on him.

Together they will stand for God and the love of God, for man and the love of man, for justice, for mercy, for courage, for clean­ness of heart, for family life. Their power will be great for it will be the power of two hearts united in the strength of love. His Heart is hers and he is pleased it be so.

Our Lady, powerful with your Son against the forces of evil, pray for us.

    Remember . .

Thought: The united power of the Mother and her Son.

     Spirit: Confidence in the power of Mary.

Rosary Intention: That Mary's power with the heart of her Son be exercised more and more against the forces of evil.

 

3

"And you will stride its heel".

Yahweh God here sees Satan's side of the hostilities. Satan will inflict harm on the off­spring of the woman. Attacking the race of Adam through its own human nature, he will be an enemy in ambush, under cover, low down, striking at the heel, which is his level.

Satan had won the first battle. He had beaten the newly created Adam and Eve. He had seduced the mother-to-be and father-to-be of the human race. At his suggestion, they had put God and his will aside, choosing to disobey him, blindly hoping for some self-development.

This is how Satan strikes at all of us. He suggests we close our eyes to God, shut him out, ignore him, and then seek our supposed self-fulfilment, development, gratification.

We may be wounded in this way by Satan, but Christ and his mother, Mary, will not be. Satan will wound them, not through their own weaknesses, but through his evil power over men, which will make them victims for us. They will be wounded by suffering, by the cross and the sword of sorrow.

Through this very suffering, the God-man Christ and his Mother will crush Satan's head. His striking "at their heel", causing their suffering, will only bring about a real breaking of his power over the human race. He will writhe and struggle in the world of men; he will drag down, if possible, all those who share the heights of supernatural power possessed by the God-man and his mother. But the power of the Son and the Woman, his mother, will not be diminished.

"Tower of David", we call Mary: a Tower that is a stronghold, that carries, too, an immense beacon, a conflagration of love emanating from the Heart of her Son.

Her victory over the serpent at her heels is won through her Son. He wills, however, that she share it, for his Heart is hers and he is pleased it be so.

Our Lady, wounded with your Son for our sins and our healing, pray for us.

    Remember

Thought; Whatever happens, their victory is certain; we will conquer with them.

Spirit; Confidence in the victors: Christ and his Mother.

Rosary Intention: That victory over present evils will come soon.

 

4

"The Lord himself, there/ore, will give you a sign. It is this; the maiden is with child" (Is 7:14).

Long after Yahweh God spoke to the woman and Satan, he spoke again through his prophet Isaiah to the king, Ahaz, ancestor of Jesus, the Christ.

The vista of Yahweh's thought was now shining along the path of history, recorded later in Matthew. It had travelled from Abraham to David, and along David's royal line to Ahaz. Ahaz was troubled that his kingdom might be invaded and his kingship supplanted. "It shall not come true", said Yahweh through Isaiah; "it shall not be". And he gave Ahaz a sign: "the maiden is with child".

The sign given by God in the beginning, the woman and her offspring, is now clearer. In Yahweh's thought the woman is a virgin. This special state of the woman, virginity combined with motherhood, is brought out clearly in the Greek text, which shows that in early times the Jews themselves interpreted Yahweh's thought in this way.

We have here, in the first part of the sign, one of the special features of Mary's personal and functional holiness, her virginity. Vir­ginity is not essential to holiness, but it is a special part of Mary's consecration to God. The woman of prophecy will be given only to God and the child she bears.

Satan is troubled at this sign: "the Virgin most powerful", because the woman's vir­ginity will be a sign that she is the one at the climax of the war, at the crushing of his head. The soleness and sacrifice of her dedication to God, which is the meaning of her virginity, will herald so clearly the approach, of God himself to the arena of Satan's power.

That Mary be a virgin mother was part of the plan of Yahweh God. It was a unique gift to her, adorning her and establishing a special welcome for his incarnate Son. It meant that she was given only to Yahweh God and his Son; she was the beloved of the divine Heart of Yahweh and the human Heart of Jesus.

Our Lady, virgin chosen of Yahweh's love, pray for us.

Thought: Mary's virginity is a glory to her and a special welcome to God.

Spirit: Admire and imitate Mary's generous dedication to God.

Rosary  Intention:  The   grace   of  a  more complete surrender to God.

    Remember.

 

 

5

"The maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son". (Is 7:14)

The words of the prophet Isaiah give assur­ance to King Ahaz that David's line will con­tinue. It continued, by human birth, in his son Hezekiah. But the prophecy does not rest there. Saint Matthew and the whole Christian tradition see in it a foretelling of the birth of Christ. Through Hezekiah, David's line continued for sixteen more gen­erations to Jacob, "the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ" (Mt 1:16).

The sign which God promises for all time is a virgin mother. In the vista of prophecy, first we saw the woman and her offspring; now, more clearly, we see the virgin and her child.

We see the divine intelligence of this design of God: that at the very centre of the world of God's people there be a mother and her child, and that the mother be a virgin, a preternatural fact relating her in a very special way to God.

For the day of salvation, then, God does not promise a triumphant conqueror, a victory bringing all nations into a peaceful God-­fearing empire. No, for the day of grace, of salvation, there will be a mother who is a virgin and her son.

Motherhood, then, is the second part of the sign of this prophecy. Mary's motherhood is another splendid gift to Mary from the heart of her Son. By her virginity, she gave herself completely to God; by the privilege of motherhood together with virginity, he gives himself in a human nature completely to her. His heart is hers.

God is never outdone in generosity. If, imitating Mary, we give ourselves completely to him, he will answer by filling our hearts with his own divine life, and even overflow­ing them, to the great profit of others.

Our Lady, mother of Yahweh's choosing, pray for us.

    Remember

Thought: At the very centre of the world of God's people, there is a mother and her Son.

Spirit; A gift of self to God, who will give in return.

Rosary Intention: The grace to live more closely in union with God.

 

6

"Whom she will call Immanuel".

The name "Immanuel" means "God-with-us". In the Hebrew scriptures, especially in the writings of the Prophets, a name, especially a new given name for the future, designated the nature or role of the person to whom it was given. We know that this name meant what it said: the virgin's child would really be God with us.

The woman, the virgin of prophecy will give birth to a son who will be God with us. We saw in the first prophecy, spoken in Eden, that the woman would be powerful against Satan. Now we learn something of her dignity, her closeness to God. Her son will be God with us.

There is to be a meeting between God and us. The meeting-place will narrow down to one figure, a gentle Lady who will be asked to step forward on our behalf to welcome God.

God will come to her first bringing heaven with him. "Gate of Heaven", we salute her in our litany of praise. Through this Gate, through her, God will bring the joy and peace of heaven itself to the struggling human race. What great love is this for us and for her, that he should become one of us in her, that his life and his love should be ours through her? We can only answer — it is God's love. His heart is hers and ours and he wills that it be so.

Our   Lady,   through   whom   God   is   our Immanuel, pray for us.

     Remember

Thought: Her sublime dignity: her Son is to be God with us.

Spirit: Reverence for Mary in her union with the Heart of the Immanuel.

Rosary Intention; The grace to appreciate Mary's greatness more and more.

 

7

'God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galiiee named Nazareth" (Lk 1:26).

The visions of prophecy have receded be­fore the historical reality. The woman, the virgin, the mother, spoken of by Yahweh God, is now living on the Earth.

Her home is in Nazareth, a small town of Palestine. Palestine, the land of God's chosen people, is ruled from Rome by the pagan emperor, Augustus.

In the eyes of men, Rome is the centre of the world, and Augustus the greatest of men. In the eyes of God and the angelic world, Nazareth is more important than Rome, Mary far greater than Augustus.

God sent Gabriel, "Strength of God", to Mary. Nothing in our modern world has led us to think that angels, like Gabriel, are out of place. Rather, our space-scanning minds are more receptive to the idea of other kinds of intelligent creatures not of our race.

Yahweh, God of the universe, was a mag­nificent creator before he made man. His world of angels burst into glittering existence before the birth of our universe, and it will astonish us when we see it in eternal life. It is delightful and good of Yahweh that he communicates with humans through his spirit messengers, the Angels.

So Gabriel comes to Mary. What did his angelic intelligence think of her? Surely he was filled with wonder and delight at this God-centred human woman! He had been sent to negotiate with Adam's race through her.

Here is God's ineffable goodness and con­descension: he deigns to negotiate with us, giving us thus a glimpse of our own value in his eyes, and he negotiates with us through Mary, shedding a clear light on Mary's place in his plans. At this moment, the moment of prophecy's fulfilment, she is the meeting-place of God and ourselves.

How much Mary comes into God's plans! How much his divine Heart makes of her! He wills that it be so.

Our Lady, Gate of Heaven where Gabriel sought entry for the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

    Remember .

    Thought; God chose to  meet the human race through Mary.

Spirit: Approval and praise of God's choice of Mary as our representative.

Rosary Intention: That more people will know and respect Mary's position in God's plans.

 

8

"To a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the House of David" (Lk 1:27).

The picture is slowly filling in and it is perfectly human. Mary is engaged. She loves Joseph, a carpenter. Joseph loves her and has an immense admiration for her goodness.

They are both of royal blood. Mary is of the same tribe as Joseph, that of David.

The parents of Mary, Joachim and Anne, had agreed with Joseph's father, Jacob or Eli, that their daughter be married to Joseph. Mary and Joseph accepted this and a mutual love was born between them.

The love of Mary and Joseph reveals God's wisdom, Mary's greatness of soul and Joseph's extraordinary holiness.

In his wisdom, God was providing a guardian for his incarnate Son and for the human mother of that Son, No unmarried woman with a child would be accepted in the society in which Mary and Joseph lived, and the child would need the strong protec­tion of a father especially in his infancy, childhood and youth.

Mary, desiring virginity, did not find any conflict of soul because of her love for Joseph. She loved him even more for his generous acceptance of her virginity, her special dedication to God.

Joseph was quick to perceive the holiness of Mary, her closeness to God. Knowing that some profound mystery was being wrought in her by the Spirit of God, he bowed in deep reverence before this fact, and he then sought the heights with her. She led him to the mountains of God where they walked together.

Our Lady, beloved of Joseph and wise in human friendship, pray for us.

     Remember

Thought: The love of Mary and Joseph for each other was greater than most human love, because it was full of the love of God.

Spirit: To bring God into every phase of our lives.

Rosary Intention: That Mary and Joseph obtain for us the grace to make our human friendships more like theirs.

 

9

"And the virgin's name was Mary".

We have now almost a complete picture of the Woman of prophecy: the Woman and her Offspring, the Virgin with her Son, living at Nazareth in Palestine, engaged to Joseph, a descendant of the royal line of David, her­self being of the same line.

And now, we have her name: Mary. This was a fairly common name at the time. In Hebrew, it was "Miriam", and its meaning was probably understood as "Lady". A fairly common name, then, it has certainly spread all over the world as a common name for women. In Papua New Guinea, it has become the word for "woman"! How fitting that the name of the Woman of Prophecy, of the Good News, emphasises that she is the typical woman, the ideal woman, the Lady, which in English means the gentlewoman, the perfectly attuned woman.

It is not, therefore, any unusual meaning of her name that attracts us. What we rejoice in, when we hear her name, is what she has made this name. "Mary" has meaning for us because it was her name.

She   has   made   it   stand   for   all   that   is womanly in human life. It reminds us that, if the world progresses mainly by the power of men, it is sweetened and mellowed by the patience of women. The name, "Mary", reminds men that the ideal for them is not that they be super-men but gentlemen.

It reminds us of another thing, of another name, "Jesus". "Mary" calls up immediately the name of her Son "Jesus". This reminds us how intimately they are bound together and how Mary has a gentle power of intercession with his Sacred Heart. We call her Mary and she uses her power with the Heart of her Son.

Our Lady, Mary, whose name we call upon to touch the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

    Remember.

Thought: "Mary" is her name and it stands for all that is womanly in life.

Spirit: Confidence in her power of inter­cession with the Heart of her Son.

Rosary Intention: That Mary's name be more widely known and honoured.

 

10

"The angel came to her and said: 'Peace be with you.' The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!'" (Lk 1:28).

Gabriel: "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!"

Gabriel, higher than Mary in the order of God's creatures, sees Mary's greatness: his Lord, the Lord of Angels, is with her! She is a dwelling place of Yahweh, a tabernacle of the Most High, a new Ark of the Covenant! The Lord is with her, choosing her for his special favour, his overflowing grace.

Mary does not reply. She is silent, and feels the chill of fear. To hear herself praised disturbs her.

Gabriel: "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob for ever: his kingdom will never end!"

She is not to be afraid. Why? Because she has won God's favour. Why should she be afraid when the God of the universe, her God, wishes her to cooperate with him in his plans?

His plans? That she be the mother of the Promised One of Israel, the descendant of David, the King or Messiah with an ever­lasting kingdom.

Her fears melt away, but a problem remains.

Mary: "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?"

Her virginity had been, till then, her way of giving herself wholly to Yahweh. Was this gift no longer acceptable, no longer possible?

Gabriel: "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God."

Her gift of self to Yahweh through virginity would remain. Yahweh's gift to her in return would be virgin motherhood, human and divine: human motherhood of a son, Jesus, divine motherhood of a King with an eternal kingdom.

Mary; "I am the Lord's servant; may it happen to me as you have said."

Mary does not say: "I will." By such a reply, she would be putting herself forward as an active agent. Her reply is profoundly humble. It means: "I accept his will. I am his serving maid. He has his plans. Let these take place in me. His will is mine because he is my Lord."

"And the angel left her."

At this moment in time, God became man, the Word was made flesh, Mary became the Mother of God.

Our Lady, House of Gold and first taber­nacle of the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

Remember

Thought; "The Lord is with you." Mary is the beloved of the Divine Heart; he lives in her.

     Spirit: Reverence for the Mother of God.

Rosary Intention: That Mary intercede with the Heart of her Son to make the world more like a home for him, for herself, for us.

 

11

"Soon  afterwards Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill-country of Judea. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth."

[Lk 1:39-40)

Mary was now the mother of God-made-man. She bore him within her. But did that make her centred on herself or even entirely on her Son?

She puts to flight all such small ideas of ours, for she becomes immediately a most energetic apostle. Accepted among Christian thinkers is a kind of law or rule governing goodness: "Goodness gives itself/1 This is true firstly of God, He is so infinitely good that he shares his goodness in a joyful giving, giving being and life by creating the world of angels and of men. Is it any wonder that Mary, now the mother of God, acts as God does? Filled with the goodness of God, she hurries to give of this abundance to others.

She is so close now to the Heart of her Son that his immense love and zeal inflame her and urge her to pour out her love on others. She hurries to help her cousin Elizabeth.

When they meet, Mary's voice is a channel of grace. When Elizabeth hears it, the child within her leaps; it is cleansed from original sin.

The love of Jesus' Heart for John, Eliza­beth's child, had been revealed through Mary. Elizabeth recognises this and proclaims it, praising the mother and child: "You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear."

Our Lady, through your ministry the Heart of Jesus filled the son of Elizabeth with grace and joy; pray for us.

Remember .

Thought: The cleansing of John the Baptist was a gift of Jesus' Heart, but it was given through Mary.

Spirit: Imitation of Mary's zeal and love for others.

Rosary Intention: That the Church will have more souls filled with a zeal like Mary's zeal.

 

12

"Mary said: 'My heart praises the Lord'."   (Lk 1:46-55)

Scene: Mary stands at the heginning of a new era of the world's history. She bears a Son who will change the face of the Earth; He will cast upon it the fire of divine love burning in his Sacred Heart. Realising the immense outpouring of his divine and human love on herself, and, through her, on all men, she unites her heart with his and raises her

voice.

I: Her gratitude for his favours

"My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Saviour, for   he   has   remembered   me,   his   lowly servant!

From now on all people will call me happy, because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me."

Mary is caught up in wonder at and admiration of Yahweh's greatness. She praises him.

She is filled with joy because he is her God and Saviour, and has taken notice of her, though only a humble servant.

As a result of this gracious regard of his, all generations of men will call her happy or blessed — he has done great things for her.

We have become used to Mary's Song of Praise. But it is wonderful that at the begin­ning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a song from the New Eve, the Woman of Prophecy.

The Song is in three parts. As a whole, it reveals how God-centred the New Eve, Mary, is. The Song is all about God.

It begins with herself, of course, because his goodness to her is the reason why she sings. And this is the first part of the Song; her gratitude for his favours. He has taken notice of her! And she, in her own eyes, a nobody, a maid-servant! Yes, people will call her blessed, but it will be because of great things done by Yahweh for her, not because of anything done by herself.

Our Lady, full of praise for Yahweh's generous Heart, pray for us.

Remember

Thought: Let us keep in mind, as Mary did, that God is the fountain of all holiness.

Spirit: Gratitude, praise, for the gift of God's Son through Mary.

Rosary Intention: An increase of joyful gratitude among those blessed with the gift of Faith.

 

13

"He shows mercy to those who honour him" (Lk 1:50].

II: Her praise of his wonderful ways

"His name is holy;

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from one generation to another,

he shows mercy to those who honour him. He has stretched out his mighty arm

and scattered the proud with all their plans. He has brought down mighty Kings from their thrones

and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away with empty hands."

Mary gives us here the secret of holiness:

first, reverence which is met by the quick response of his mercy;

then lowliness, which he stoops to raise up in his arms;

then desire or a real wanting of him which he is eager to fill with good things.

Reverence, lowliness and desire, as opposed to self-reliance,    self-exaltation   and    self-satisfaction.

This is Our Lady teaching us the virtues of her Son, who declared: "Learn of me because I am meek and humble of Heart".

Our Lady, who sang the praises of God's love and mercy, pray for us.

     Remember .

Thought: Mary is wise in the ways of God — she teaches us the way of holiness, leading us to imitate the virtues of Jesus' Heart.

Spirit: Reverence, lowliness, real wanting of him.

Rosary Intention: That Mary help me make my heart like his.

 

14

"He has come to the help of his servant Israel" (Lk 1:54).

Ill: Her praise of God's fidelity

"He has kept the promise he made to our

ancestors, and has come to the help of his

servant Israel. He   has   remembered   to   show   mercy   to

Abraham and to  all his  descendants for ever!"

The Woman, the Virgin of promise and prophecy, looks back to the times when God promised her people a great leader to come. She extols his fidelity to the design and the promise.

She thought of his words to Abraham: "In you, all generations will be blessed" [Gn 12:3).

Did she think of the words in the Garden of Paradise: "I will make you enemies of each other, you and the woman?"

Did she think of his words to Israel, through Isaiah: "the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son?"

She faced all this overwhelming work of God among men, and she knew it was being fulfilled in herself and in her Son. Yahweh is fulfilling it, so she praises his fidelity.

She knows that she is to work with Yahweh God in his designs and promises of love, united heart to heart.

Our Lady, who sang the praises of God's fidelity, pray for us.

    Remember

Thought; Mary and Jesus are at the centre of God's design and promise — they work together in a labour of love.

Spirit; Confidence that God's designs will be fulfilled in the world through Jesus and through Mary.

Rosary Intention: That all men come to know the design of God and his promise of its fulfilment.

 

15

'She   gave   birth   to   a   son,   her   first­born . . ." (Lk 2:6).

Mary conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. God became man in her. At that moment, the newly conceived infant was not yet fully formed as man, though he was God incarnate.

Through nine months his human body was slowly formed, built from the body of Mary, his mother. The moment came for his entry to the life of men on Earth. It came after his mother had carried him to the town of his ancestor David, the town of Bethlehem.

Jesus left his mother; he was separated from vital dependence on her; he was born as we are born, to breathe for himself the air of Earth, to receive Earth's light, sound, taste and touch.

Surely his first awareness when it came, was of her, an awareness of absolute depen­dence on her as mother, an awareness in­creasing as he fed from her breast. With this awareness of the woman who mothered him, grew a human love which was first an infant love for her. It was an unspoken love, but a love   that   quickened   his   infant   heart   and warmed his small human frame.

And Mary, when she saw the eyes of her infant Son fixed on her, knew that this was no ordinary child that looked at her. She loved him, for he was her Son, but she was filled, too, with a profound reverence for the mysterious person whose gaze she held. He was a child of prophecy who would have an eternal Kingdom. There was in him some­thing infinite and eternal.

Our Lady, Gate of Heaven, through whom the Heart of Jesus came to us, pray for us.

    Remember

Thought: The joy and love of the mother and Son at their first meeting after the separation of birth.

Spirit: Joy in the birth of Mary's Son, for God's Son is now visible to us.

Rosary Intention: That men will once more learn the meaning of Bethlehem.

 

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'Simeon said to Mary, his mother: 'This child is chosen by God for the destruc­tion and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart'." (Lk 2:34-35)

Mary now knows the reality of what she must have sensed before, when she agreed to be the mother of Christ.

The powers of evil would not let her Son be. Simeon had now said it: they would not let him rest; he would be a sign of contradic­tion.

Mary now feels the "striking" of Satan at her Son, even though it is only foretold at this stage. Satan will hurt her Son and her­self, too.

It must have come home to her then, with the keenness of a sword-thrust, that he was her Son, but not as an ordinary boy is his mother's son. She was rearing him for the world, and the world would not receive him; she was caring for his body and building it up, and she sensed that some unknown but terrible agony would fasten upon him and consume him.

It was the beginning of her apostolate of suffering with him. She accepted the first painful pangs; she united her heart to his, to his great work of redemption.

Our Lady, suffering with the Heart of your Son, pray for us.

     Remember .

Thought: She accepted sorrow, uniting her heart with his work of redemption.

Spirit; Reparation for sin, in union with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Rosary Intention: For the conversion of sinners.

 

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"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger" (Lk 2:16).

"They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they .knelt down and worshipped him" (Mt 2:12].

On two happy occasions after the birth of her Son, Mary was given the joy that comes to all mothers at the recognition of their children.

On two occasions her Son was recognised for what he was, a worshipful King with an eternal title. She was there in the centre as his mother, and they knelt and worshipped him.

There was not a vast audience: only some shepherds at first, and then three mysterious, wise foreigners. But one adoring soul is audience enough to delight Mary because her Son came to win the hearts of men individually, personally.

It is wonderful that here, in the early life of Jesus, we are given a glimpse of the Catholic Faith regarding Jesus and Mary, in action. They are both there, she as his mother, he as her Son; he is worshipped, she is honoured with him. She shares his glory because her natural and supernatural place is beside him. The King of love holds court with his mother; she is united to his Heart in his glorification.

Our Lady, joyful mother of our infant King, pray for us.

     Remember .

Thought: "They found the child there, with his mother Mary".

Spirit; Admiration of the homeliness of God's designs, uniting his Son in all ways with his human mother.

Rosary Intention: That those outside the Church will find the child with Mary his mother.

 

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"Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and left during the night for Egypt.. ." (Mt 2:14).

How very soon Simeon's words came true! They were on the road, bound for another country, with the sense of being hunted.

What a dreadful and heart-rending indica­tion of the reception her Son would receive from his own country! It was not mere in­difference, but active hate which pursues the object of its hatred to destroy it.

This early experience of active hate must have awakened a sense of insecurity about her only child, which would have been with her always, bringing visions such as she had read in Isaiah;

"There is no beauty in him, nor comeliness; and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness,

that we should be desirous of him: despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with in­firmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not."

(Is 53:2-3)

This was the second of her sorrows: her Son was now and would be later on an object of hate. "How he would feel it!" she thought, holding him more closely, as they went slowly through the darkness.

Again, two hearts suffer together in a work of love which will redeem the world.

Our Lady, suffering with the Heart of your Son, pray for us.

     Remember .

Thought: Two hearts suffer in a work of love, the work of our redemption.

Spirit: Courage to work and endure with them.

Rosary Intention: That souls will be brave to endure with Jesus and Mary.

 

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"And his mother said to him; 'My son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you1." (Lk 2:48)

This was the third of Mary's sorrows: the loss of her son, for three days, in the city of Jerusalem.

Notice how Mary's suffering arises each time because of her son; her sorrows do not arise from any disorder or imperfection in her own soul. She suffers because he suffers, or, as here, because he is absent.

Her whole existence is touchingly centred on him. She was not meant to exist for any other purpose than for him; in this sense her life is utterly unselfish, its centre is outside herself: on him, on his love, his Heart. She is lost without him. It was anguish, therefore, when, as a boy of twelve, he disappeared.

This sorrow only drew her closer to him, sanctified still more her union with his Heart. In his absence she learned to search for him, not for her own happiness, but for his safety, as she had care of him.

Our Lady, for whom the Heart of Jesus was life, pray for us.

    Remember .

Thought; "Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you."

Spirit: A readiness to seek our Lord even though he seems lost to us.

Rosary Intention: That those striving after more perfect love of God will be strong to persevere when in desolation.

 

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'So   Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart" (Lk 2:51).

Jesus lived at home with his mother and foster-father for the greater part of his life. It makes us realise how truly he became one of us, in becoming man; how closely he was united to his mother.

Our human flesh and blood became his; our hands, our feet, our eyes, our voice, our heart, our family life. We can claim him, therefore, as our Brother; while one of us can claim him as her Son. Being our Brother, he is like us: but how immensely more like he is to her. They are blood-relations in the strict sense of the word; no doubt there was an image of her in his countenance. The people of Nazareth would have noticed it, when they saw the two walking home together.

More than that, Mary gave Jesus some­thing deeper. She gave him his Heart — yes — but like every human mother, she left the imprint of her temperament upon that Heart. She communicated to him a likeness, in compassion, delicate sympathy and tender­ness. The people at Nazareth would have noticed that also.

As we consider the long years at Nazareth, we realise how intimate was the natural union between Jesus and his human mother. They were "one in heart and soul". Here, surely, she is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Our Lady, in whom the Heart of Jesus found the heart most like his own, pray for us.

     Remember .

Thought: They were "one in heart and soul".

Spirit: Drawing closer to them that we may grow in their likeness.

Rosary Intention: That all men may be­come one family in a Christian world.

 

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'Do whatever he tells you . ‘. (Jn 2:5).

We now see Jesus in his public life. He has left his home and his mother, but it is a most arresting fact that she is with him at a certain marriage-feast, and that, on this occasion, Jesus worked the first of his miracles at her request

The wine had begun to fail and she had drawn his attention to the shortage. He replied: "No, woman, why do you trouble me with that? My time has not come yet." Jesus was not making a stern refusal; "woman" was quite a reverent form of address at the time, and his tone of voice must have been encouraging because Mary saw she had won her request.

Turning to the servants, she said: "Do whatever he tells you." They followed his instructions and Jesus turned six jars of water into splendid wine.

We see here the power of Mary's inter­cession with the Heart of her son; she is able to help those in need; even in small need. It is no wonder that Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is known also  as  "the Hope of the Hopeless".

Our Lady, at whose request the Heart of Jesus  "made  a  beginning of his miracles," pray for us.

    Remember .

    Thought: Mary says: "Do whatever he tells you."

Spirit: Confidence in the power of Mary with the Heart of her Son.

Rosary Intention: That men, in our days, will listen to the voice of Mary.

 

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"Someone said to Jesus: 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.' Jesus said to them all: 'My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and obey it1."

[Lk 8:20-21)

"When Jesus had said this, a woman spoke up from the crowd and said to him: 'How happy is the woman who bore you and nursed you/' But Jesus answered: 'Rather, how happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it'."

(Lk 11:27-28)

On two other occasions during Our Lord's years of public work we get a glimpse of Our Lady, or rather at what Our Lord, her divine Son, thought of her.

On both occasions she was mentioned to him before a crowd of people: one was a piece of news — his mother and relatives were outside wanting to see him; the other was a word of congratulation for his mother: What a fortunate mother You have!

In his replies on both occasions Our Lord lifts the minds of his hearers above the ordinary human level. "Here are some visitors," they said, "who are specially dear to you." Our Lord replied by reminding them that all who hear his word and keep it are dear to him as his mother and relatives are. He did not repudiate the visitors; rather he implied that they did hear his word and keep it. Likewise, in replying to the congratulation of his mother, he points out that it is not so much special privileges that matter, but what does matter is the hearing of his word and the keeping of it, again implying that Mary was certainly to be congratulated there.

Always he looks for the supernatural life of love in the souls of men and not for positions and privileges. How abundant that life was in Mary's soul, because she did hear and keep his word perfectly. She was the model for all men in the practice of devotion to his will, his love, his Sacred Heart.

Thought: "Blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it."

Spirit: Devotion to Heart of Jesus after the pattern of Mary's devotion.

Rosary Intention: Increase in devotion to the Heart of Our Lord.

Our Lady, who .knew the desires of Jesus' Heart and followed them, pray for us.

 

23

Jesus meets his afflicted Mother on the way to Calvary.

Since Jesus had left home to preach in public, Mary's misgivings, so early awakened by Simeon, had been increased.

It was not that he could not look after himself; his power was unquestionable. What weighed upon his mother's heart was the sense of awful doom hanging over him. She had a presentiment of something which he put into words later: "The world hates me because I give testimony of it, that its works are evil." She perceived the contrast — his goodness and the evil of ungodly men.

With a sudden movement, the evil was upon him. She hurried to see him, and met him in the public way, moving with his cross to Calvary. What a meeting must that have been!

From then on she did not leave him. But it was not his sick-bed she was tending. He was not dying of any sickness; the life was being taken forcibly from him, in her presence. She was there, she followed, but could do nothing to help him.

She could suffer with him, however. Unit­ing her heart to his, she lived every painful minute with him; she offered her own suffering soul for the intentions of his divine Heart.

Our Lady, suffering with the Heart of your Son, pray for us.

    Remember .

Thought: Uniting her heart to his, she lived every painful moment with him.

Spirit: The acceptance of all suffering in the spirit in which Mary accepted her Son's passion.

Rosary Intention; The spirit of fortitude in those suffering for the Faith.

 

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"Standing close to Jesus' cross were his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalen".

[Jn 19:25)

Jesus came on this earth not only to help rid us of sin. He came to give us a new life— the life of God Himself dwelling in our souls. Hence, he longed to adorn the soul of each man, woman and child with the greatness of a royal Presence — the Presence of His Father, Himself and the Holy Spirit.

Mary possessed this royal Presence per­fectly. Because of his death to come in the future, she had already received it as a gift of his loving Heart. How he longed to give it to others as he had given it to her; some­thing of her perfection, her peace, her joy for every son of man — that was the aim of his teaching, as it was to be the purchase of his bitter death.

Now, when he had been taken and crucified, graced with this gift she stood, as a great light, beneath his cross. From the summits of pain he looked and saw all the glory that was within her. For this, he was dying — for the glorification of the human soul.

And there was the perfect work, accom­plished in the soul of her who stood beneath him.

How truly we, and especially Mary, come from the Heart of Jesus, from the love that redeemed us and gives us the new life of God's royal indwelling.

Our Lady, filled with the glory of God's presence, the gift of Jesus' Heart, pray for us.

    Remember .

Thought: Something of her perfection for each one of us.

Spirit: A sincere longing to be more and more refreshed with the life of grace.

Rosary Intention: For an increase of the supernatural spirit among Christians.

 

25

"Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother; 'He is your son'." (Jn 19:26)

It impresses us that Jesus, in his great agony, could even speak or take notice of anyone.

He spoke seven times from the cross. Two of those seven statements concerned his mother. They were words of deepest mean­ing.

"Woman, he is your son." His words imply a consciousness that they are about to be separated; he is going from this world, but, before he departs, he will see to the care of his Mother for the rest of her life on earth.

Yet, there was something far deeper still in his words to her. Not only is he providing for her temporal needs; he is saying to her: "You are parting from your divine Son, but this John, as representing all men, is your son, in future."

Therefore, in the work that came most from his Heart (his dying for all men), Our Lord gives a place to Mary. She will now be our mother, Mother of the Church; she is commissioned to be so; she is to be con­cerned about every man, woman and child on earth till the end of time. She will join in the work, so dear to his Heart, of bringing us the joys of God's eternal life.

Our Lady, at the foot of the cross the Heart of Jesus gave you to us as our Mother; pray for us.

     Remember

Thought: Mary is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart because she has part in the work dearest to his Heart — the work of bringing us to Heaven.

Spirit: Co-operation with Mary's work in us and in others.

Rosary Intention: The spread of Mary's influence in the world.

 

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"Then he said to the disciple: 'She is your mother'." [Jn 19:27]

"She is your mother". These words, spoken to John as a representative of us all, are spoken to each of us. We, in our turn, are commissioned to take her as our mother in the world of grace.

In giving her to us, our Lord gives us one of the most precious gifts of his Sacred Heart.

Notice the time at which this mother is given to us. Jesus is accomplishing the most important work of his life — he is dying that we might live, and he is giving the death-blow to the power of Satan. He is crushing Satan's head, as God, in the beginning, said he would. His mother, the Woman of prophecy, stands with him; and Jesus says to us: "She is your mother".

Shortly after this, Jesus breathed his last. Then came the final blow. To make sure he was dead, a soldier drove a spear into his heart. Blood and water poured out, the last emptying of himself for us, the certain sign of death.

At this moment, his Church was born, born from his pierced side. The Spirit was given to his faithful followers, and among them to Mary, the Mother of them all.

Thus the ranks are closed: Jesus, Mary and ourselves against the powers of evil: Jesus who redeemed us, Mary who helps bring the benefits of that redemption to generation after generation, ourselves who, knowing the mother she is, generation after generation call her blessed.

Our Lady, at the foot of the cross the Heart of Jesus gave us to you as your children; pray for us.

    Remember . . . page 8.

    Thought: "She is your Mother."

Spirit: Gratitude to our Lady, Mother of the Church, the gift of his Heart to us.

Rosary Intention: That all men will come to know Mary's motherly concern for them.

 

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"Joseph bought a linen sheet, took the body down, wrapped it in the sheet, and placed it in a tomb which had been dug out of solid rock". [Mk 15:46)

It is not told in the Gospels, but it has come down to us by tradition, that, when Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus down from the cross, Jesus was received by his mother, who mourned over him and helped prepare him for burial.

This is the end of their natural, earthly life together. It is the last position of Jesus as Mary's earthly Son — dead in her arms. She will be aware of him alive and glorious again — but now he is dead; that is all she can think of.

Perhaps an ordinary mother would have allowed a surge of righteous anger to mount up within her at the injustice and cruelty of this ending, but this was no temptation to Mary — she would only murmur through her tears: "For their sins!" and seeing his pierced side, "How he loved them!"

She followed as they carried his body to the tomb, and she saw the stone close the entrance. Only then did she move away from him, and even then her heart remained behind.

And so the Church has given her the crown of all martyrdoms. She is Queen of those who suffer, because no one, after her Son, has suffered as much as she.

Our Lady, accepting the death of your Son as a gift of his Heart for our redemption, pray for us.

     Remember.

Thought: Her attitude at his death: "How he loved them!"

Spirit: Sympathy, compassion for Jesus and Mary in their struggle against evil.

Rosary Intention; The gift of resignation for all who suffer.

 

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1. "He is not here, he has risen again". (Lk 24:6)

2. "And so the Lord Jesus, when he had finished speaking to them, was taken up to heaven and is seated now at the right hand of God". (Mk 16:19]

1.

Where did Our Lord go immediately after he rose from the dead? "He is not here", the angel said to the holy women. There is a tradition, confirmed by a revelation to the great St Teresa, that Our Lord was with his mother.

Our Lord gave to her first the sight of his glorified humanity. Let us 'imagine the joy that gradually flooded Mary's immaculate and wounded heart. She now shared in the glory that was his, because he was still her Son; because his glorified Heart was still the Heart she had given him.

Likewise, when he ascended into heaven, she entered into his glorious triumph with an understanding and a joy far exceeding that of any other. She saw rising from the earth the child whom Gabriel had described to her: "He shall be great, and men will know him for the Son of the most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob eternally; his kingdom shall never have an end".

Her heart expanded as her eyes followed him ascending. A cloud enveloped her glo­rious Son as he returned to his Father.

Then she returned with joy to be the mother of men.

Our Lady, filled with joy at Jesus' rising and ascension, pray for us.

     Remember.

Thought: She shared his glory because he was still her Son.

Spirit: Joy in the triumph of Jesus and a spirit of congratulation towards Mary his mother.

Rosary Intention: That we all have a greater love of things heavenly.

 

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1. "All these, with one mind, gave them­selves up to prayer, together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the rest of the women and his brethren". (Ac 1:14)

2. "When the day of Pentecost came round, while they were all gathered to­gether in unity of purpose, all at once a sound came from heaven like that of a strong wind blowing, and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then appeared to them what seemed to be tongues of fire, which parted and came to rest on each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. .." {Ac 2:1-4)

These two scenes give us a glimpse of the part Mary plays now in the Church of her divine Son.

1.

Her Son has ascended to his eternal Father. He commanded the first group of his fol­lowers to wait for the Holy Spirit, whom he would send from Heaven. While they wait, Mary is in their midst, praying and waiting with them. She is now their Mother, as she will be the Mother of all members of the Church to come. She is beginning to play that part in the Church which will lead us to call her ours—our Lady, our Mother, Mother of the Church.

The Holy Spirit comes upon them. He is a gift from the Heart of Mary's glorified Son, and he is sent by her Son and the Father to be the life of the Church, to give it supernatural life and energy. He comes upon each of them, representing himself as a tongue of fire above their heads. He gives special graces and gifts to all.

To Mary he gives the mission of love within the Church. When we liken the Church to a Body, of which Jesus is the Head, and the Holy Spirit the soul, then Mary plays the part of the heart. Her great love is like a steadily burning fire making its power felt throughout the whole Church.

In the Church, then, day by day, we know her as Mother and as the greatest lover of the good God. And we know her as our Mother because we feel that through her we can go so easily now to the Heart of her Son. Truly, she is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Mother of the Church.

Our Lady, loving Mother of Jesus' Church, pray for us.

     Remember.

Thought: Our Christian life must be lived "together with Mary, the Mother of Jesus".

Spirit:  Filial   devotion   to   Mary   as   the Mother of our souls.

Rosary Intention: That we shall all realise, more and more, Mary's part in our spiritual lives.

 

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"Mary was taken up into Heaven". [Liturgy)

"And now in Heaven a great portent ap­peared; a woman that wore the sun for her mantle, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars about her head". (Rv 12:1 — applied by the Church to Mary]

The knowledge that Mary was taken bodily into Heaven and was crowned there as Heaven's Queen has come down to us by tradition.

Perhaps we wonder at such an exaltation and glorification of a creature? We need not wonder. It is the will of her divine Son. But we may see the reason. If the human race was exalted because God Himself became a member of it, then Mary is a thousand times exalted and glorified because she made him a member.

The truth is that she was not merely his human mother; she had a place with him in the very making of our Catholic Christian religion. And as our religion is a complete natural and supernatural world, dominated by, a glorious and immortal God-man, Mary, the mother of the God-man, has a position which is second to his only, in sublimity. She really shares in the glory of the Heart of her Son.

Hence, as she said herself, "all generations will count me blessed, because he who is mighty, he whose name is holy, has wrought for me his wonders". Great among those wonders are her Assumption and her Coro­nation as Queen of Heaven.

Mary and Jesus are together at the throne of God — he receiving glory, as God, from all creatures; she receiving glory, as Mother of God, from those who love her Son.

Our Lady, sharing in the glory of the Heart of your Son, pray for us.

     Remember.

Thought: "He, Who is mighty . . . has wrought for me his wonders".

     Spirit: Joy at Mary's glorification.

Rosary Intention: That all generations will call Mary blessed.

 

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Mary's Work in the World Today.

"I have come to warn the faithful".

Mary's gentle influence has made the world more homely, because she has made God Himself at home among us. She has enabled him to love us with a Heart like our own. She has brought before our minds the deeper things of our existence: virginity, mother­hood, family-life and that love we call friend­ship.

But it seems that she grows anxious. If she has made the world — or, at least, our part of the world — more homely in the past, and men more gentle, now she sees her home threatened and men becoming beasts.

The serpent is raising his head again in the East. Already he has thousands of her chil­dren in his power. She has come in person to little ones of the West, to Bernadette, to Lu­cia, Jacinta and Francisco, and she has warned us to put our home and her home in order.

She has not praised us. She has complained of disorder. She has asked for vigorous reform: "I am the Lady of the Rosary, and I  have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not continue to offend Our Lord — already so deeply offended".

Our Lady was very particular and decided as to what we should do: penance, yes; but she concluded: "They must say the Rosary".

Our Lady is still the apostle of her Son's love; she has spoken even in our own day. She has only one aim: to bring us back to the Heart of her divine Son.

Our Lady, anxious that we do not offend the Heart of your Son, pray for us.

Our Lady, eager to intercede for us with the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

    Remember.

Thought: "I have come to warn the faith­ful".

Spirit: Readiness to listen to and act upon Our Lady's warning.

Rosary Intention: That the faithful will amend their lives.

 

PRAYERS TO MARY

1. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Be mindful, O Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, of the part you have been given by your Son in his plan of salvation.

With great confidence in you. we ask your protection and your guidance.

All graces flow to men from the heart of your Son. You have a mother's power over that heart. Use this love to win for us all that we need for life and for eternity.

You are a mother to us all, Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and we know that you do not refuse those who trust you:

Grant us, we pray you, in your love for Christ. and in your love for us, the graces and blessings we ask. Amen.

Christians who are in love have to be thoughtful of each other end help each other at all times A love friar can make a sacrifice is a love that will grow and grow, and last all their Lives (Rosemary Haughton)

 

2. The Memorare  (St Bernard)

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Remember. O most Loving Virgin Mary.

that it has never been known that anyone

who asked your protection.

begged your help

or sought you intervention.

was not heard.

Full of confidence. therefore.

I come to you.

O Virgin of virgins. my Mother.

To you do I come.

before you I stand

sinful and sorrowful.

 

O Mother of Christ.

do not neglect my prayers

but hear and grant them. Amen.

 

3. Hail Mary

full of grace the Lord is with you

blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,

Jesus Holy Mary,

Mother of God, pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Mary, we greet you

you have been specially favoured by God

You and your Lord are very close to each other

no woman on earth has been blessed as much as you,

and no child of woman deserves to be blessed and thanked as much as your son, Jesus 

Mary, you are so holy that you never committed any sin.

O Mother of God, and our mother, pray for all of us, for all of us sinners, pray at this moment .... now...

but especially as we are dying and about to meet God in judgment. Amen.

We understand the love in the heart of Jesus for us. We understand the love of our Mother Mary for us. But, we need not think of them as separate.

No one is nearer the heart of Jesus than Mary, His Mother He picked her himself from all creation She is the Lady of his heart.

The graces given to us by the heart of Jesus, come to us through Mary. She is our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

The prayers we offer to the heart of Jesus, are offered through the hands of Mary She is our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Let us think of them together,' Let us approach Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, with confidence.

She is the Hope of the Hopeless.

 

4. To Mary, the Mother of the Church

Mary, we remember how your son began the Church,

- the long journeys to heal the sick or teach the people.

- the long discussions with sincere seekers after truth.

- the patient coaching of ignorant disciples.

- the hurried travelling to avoid political strife and unfriendly people. All this. and more we remember Mary. But we often forget the people who helped him. And overlook you. who helped him most. the Mother of the Church.

Mary, help us to be

- as prepared as you, to go to those in need,

-as watchful as you, in seeing, where we can help.

- as constant as you. in our fidelity to prayer,

- as understanding as you, to those not our type. our social level. our religion, our race.

- as wise as you. in seeing the will of God in the happenings and accidents of life,

- as generous as you in helping the trained disciples

                * the priests and consecrated people

                * to carry on the work of the Church.

Above all Mary, help us to receive with gratitude the gifts the Church offers us and in turn to help the Church by our prayer, our aid and our example.

 

5. Mother of All Men

Mary, Mother of men,

give us understanding and tolerance of each other.

Help us to understand all who suffer racial segregation,

and why in conscience they rebel against it.

Help us to understand those who impose segregation,

and why in conscience they uphold these laws.

Help us to understand the poverty, the squalor,

the lack of privacy which segregated people

experience.

Help us to understand the feelings of anxiety, frustration and resentment which they experience. Mary, Mother of all men, help us to understand what it means for mankind to live as one, when all social barriers have gone.

                'Therein lies the nobility and beauty of the Faith that we have the heart to dare something' (Card. Newman)

 

6. Petition to Mary

We flee to your protection, O holy mother of God. Despise not our petition in our necessity. Free us at all times from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin, our Lady, our intercessor, our advocate. Reconcile us with your Son; summon us to your Son; bring us to your Son.

 

7. Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping, in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and, after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

 

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us Pray

(i) O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us Pray

(ii) Almighty and everlasting God, Who, with the co- operation of the Holy Spirit, didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother Mary to be a fitting habitation for Thy Son: grant that, by the loving inter- cession of her, whom we rejoice to remember, we may be delivered from present evils and from eternal death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

8. Mother And Guide

I see in you, my Mother, the guide of my life. You fulfilled your destiny perfectly. Help me to see what I am called to do, what my place in the world is to be, how I am to spend my life. Teach me, O Mother, to go to Christ and find what my work for Him is to be.

 

9. Prayer Before Mass

Eternal Father, I OFFER THEE the sacrifice which thy beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, made of Himself upon the Cross and now renews upon this altar,

to ADORE THEE and give Thee the honour which is due to Thee, confessing in Thee the supreme dominion over all things,

the absolute dependence of all things upon Thee,

and that in Thee is our first beginning and last end;

to GIVE THEE THANKS for innumerable benefits received;

to APPEASE THY JUSTICE, angered by so many sins

and to make worthy satisfaction for them; to IMPLORE GRACE AND MERCY for myself, for those in sorrow and affliction, for poor sinners, for the whole world,

and for the souls in purgatory.

 

May Christ be with me!

May Christ be in me!

He is strength, He is peace!

May Christ be where I recline.

May Christ be where I stand.

May Christ be where I sit.

Christ, my Lord,

Christ, my Redeemer!

I rise today with renewed strength at the

summons of the Triune God, believing in the

Unity of Three Divine Persons in One God.

 

10. An Act Of Resignation

My Lord God, even now I accept at Thy hands, cheerfully and willingly, with all its anxieties, pains and suffering, whatever kind of death it shall please Thee to be mine.

 

11. Act Of Consecration To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, and tender Mother of men, in accordance with thy ardent wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate to thee, myself, my family, my country, and the whole human race. Reign over us and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph in us and around us, as It has reigned and triumphed in thee. Reign over us, dearest Mother, that we may be thine in prosperity and adversity, in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.

O most compassionate Heart of/Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over our minds and hearts, preserve them from the deluge of impurity which thou didst so sorrowfully lament at Fatima. We want to be pure and chaste like thee. We want to atone for the many crimes committed against Jesus and thee. We want to call down upon our country, and upon the whole world, the peace of God in justice and charity. Therefore, we now promise to imitate thy virtues by the practice of a full Christian life, without regard to human respect. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

 

Even should the whole world be against us, we need have no fear if the Mother of God is with us.

Saint Marcellin Chaimpagnat

 

12. Prayer To Our Lady, Before The Blessed Sacrament

Dear Mother, some people find it strange that we pray to you. But how unreasonable this attitude is! I want to pray to you and your Son - together. You were with Him at Bethlehem, Nazareth, Calvary; it is only right that we should think of you, together with Him, handing on our prayers to Him, and handing to His graces which come in return. me.  Help me to realise that the important thing in my life, is to be like your Son. Help me to follow your example, and become more and more like Him.

Teach me to be as courageous as you were at Calvary, to be aware of the needs of others, as you were at Cana, to be always ready to help others, as you did Elizabeth, to have that same spirit of faith, that same purity, which you showed throughout your life. Your rule of life is summed up in the words: "Be it done to me according to His Word!" l want this to be my rule too. Help me to fit in with God's plan, whatever it might be.

Mary is our Mother; through her Jesus wills to give us His grace and the merits of His death.                             Blessed Marcellin Champagnat

 

13. Thanksgiving With Our Lady

O Jesus, I believe that Thou art in my heart. Through Mary I unite myself to Thee with all my heart. Dear Mother, I give thee Jesus, now present in my heart. Take Him into thy arms, and adore Him as thou didst adore Him in and as thou adorest Him now in heaven. Thank Him for me, offer up to Him thy own thanksgiving for me, love Him for me with thy most holy heart. O Mary, consecrate to thy Son my body and my soul. May I become more and more like the Divine Child! May I become holy! May I, through thee, belong wholly and for ever to my Lord. My dearest mother, pray to Jesus for all who are dear to Him and for all whom I ought to pray for. Pray to Jesus for the dying and for all men, especially for sinners and pagans. Grant them the grace to know and to love thee and thy Son. Heavenly Father, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee Jesus, Thy well-beloved Son, and myself with Him, in Him and by Him, for all His intentions and for all creatures. I offer Thee Jesus through Mary, to render Thee the homage due to Thee, for the whole world, for all that Thou askest from us, to Thy greater glory, and in reparation for the sins of the world.

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 God hates the peace of those whom He has destined for war.  St. Francis De Sales

 

14. Loving Mother

Loving mother of our Saviour,

ever-open Gate of Heaven,

Star of the sea, whose joy it is to shine-

come to our aid,

to the aid of a people in need.

Nature stood by astonished when you

gave birth to the Holy One who made you,

a-virgin both before and after.

We pray you by the joy

you had in Gabriel's saying 'Hail!’,

have pity on us sinners.

Alma Redemptoris

 

15. Consecration To Mary

My Queen and my Mother, I give myself to you,

and to prove my devotion to you I consecrate to you this day and for ever,

my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart- my whole self and all that I am.

Since I am now all yours, dear Mother, guard and defend me as your own.

Teach me to recognize the temptations which Satan sets for me, and help me to guard against them.

Mother of God, teach me to know Jesus clearly, to love Him dearly, and to follow Him very closely.  Amen.

 

16. Mystical Rose

In Nazareth street

Nobody knows

Who you are they meet,

 Mystical Rose.

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Nor guess in a greeting

What glory clothes

The heart in you beating

 Mystical Rose.

The angel's task done,

Your petals close

On Jesus, God's Son,

 Mystical Rose.

Sweet fragrance you shed

'Mid winter snows

Round rough manger-bed,

 Mystical Rose.

On your petals ashen

Blindingly glows

The dew o! the Passion,

 Mystical Rose.

How lovely you are,

Who gathered you knows

In gardens ajar,

Mystical Rose.

And, Mary, show your power-

Your mercy now bestowing

And in our dying hour.

 

17. To Mary: For Peace

Heart of Mary, fountain of true love, fill our selfish hearts with love of God and with that true love without which there can never be peace among men.

Grant that men and nations may understand and obey the command of your divine Son- 'Love one another'--so that true peace may be firmly fixed in the justice and truth of Christ.

Pope Plus XII.

 

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the

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fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of

God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our

death. Amen.

 

18. To Mary: For Confidence

Mary, my mother, lead me to God,

Give me confidence in you,

make me always turn to yon.

Ask of God for me the grace I need to be holy,

for He will deny you nothing.

 

19. Hail, Mother Of Mercy

Hail, Mother of mercy,

Mother of God, and Mother of pardon,

Mother of hope, and Mother of grace,

Mother, full of holy joy-

O Mary!

 

Hail, happy Virgin-Mother,

for He who sits at the Father's right hand

and rules over the heavens, earth and sky,

enclosed himself in your womb-

O Mary!

 

The Uncreated Father made you,

the Holy Spirit overshadowed you,

the Only-begotten Son became man in you:

wholly divine was the making of you-

O Mary!

 

Be to us our consolation;

be, 'O Virgin, to us our joy;

and after this our exile

join us to the heavenly hosts-

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O Mary!

 Salve, Mater Misercordiae

 

20. To Mary: For Protection

Holy Mother of God,

we find our safety in your protection.

Listen to the prayers we make to you

for all our needs.

Keep us always safe from every danger,

O Mary,

blessed and glorious ever-Virgin.

Sub Tuum Praesidium

 

21. To Mary: For Confidence

Mary, my mother, lead me to God,

Give me confidence in you,

make me always turn to you.

Ask of God for me the grace I need to be holy,

for He will deny you nothing.

St. Alphonsus (adapted)

 

22. The Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy.

Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To you do we cry,

poor banished children of Eve.

To you do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,

your eyes of mercy towards us;

and after this our exile,

show unto us

the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement,

O loving,

O sweet Virgin Mary.

 

23. THE ANGELUS

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

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[Hail Mary]

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

Be it done to me according to Thy word.

[Hail Mary]

And the Word was made flesh

And dwelt among us.

[Hail Mary]

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

 

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,

your grace into our hearts.

that we to whom the incarnation of Christ your Son

was made known by the message of an Angel

may by His passion and Cross

be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.

Through Christ, Our Lord.

 

24. REGINA COELI

V. Queen of heaven,  rejoice. Alleluia.

R  For He whom you were made worthy to bear. Alleluia.

V  Is risen as He said, Alleluia.

R  Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

V  Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary Alleluia.

R  For the Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

Let us pray

O God, through the resurrection of Your Son,

our Lord Jesus Christ,

you have been pleased to give joy to the world.

Grant we pray You, that through His mother,

the Virgin Mary,

we may obtain the joys of eternal life.

Through Christ our Lord.

 

25. Mary Mother of the Church

As mother of the whole human race, Mary merits the title, Queen of the Sacred Heart. At the foot of the cross, she received from the lips of Jesus or rather from his Heart, all humanity as her heritage. She is declared to be our Mother. She received all the rights this implies, but also all the obligations.

A mother has to take care of her children, watch over them, and save them from every danger. Would you want the Blessed Virgin to accept this crushing task until the end of time without possessing the means to carry it out? That would be impossible. But what are the means? The grace of the Heart of Jesus, if given sparingly to Mary, would not suffice. If the graces received from the Sacred heart were given to her in the measure in which even the greatest saints have received them, they would soon be exhausted in the lavish hands of this most tender, compassionate Mother.

Do you not seem to hear Mary exclaim: “O Jesus, give me all the graces of your Heart beyond number, or else remove from me the title of Mother of the human race. Torrents of graces would not suffice; I need the source itself; I need your Heart. If you refuse me that gift, it is futile that I be called Refuge of Sinners, the Hope of the Hopeless; I would not be able to assist all those invoking my help.”

It is not possible to consider Mary as Mother of the Church and of the human race, if she is not the Sovereign Lady of the

Heart of Jesus.

 

26. FEAST OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

God’s power knows no limits.

He can draw from nothingness worlds more beautiful and vast than ours.

But he cannot, according to Saint Bonaventure, raise a creature to a greater dignity than that of being mother of God.

Her title Mother of God is beyond compare.

It enables her to say to Jesus, Like God the Father. “You are my Son.”

The divine Motherhood is the cause and purpose of all her extraordinary privileges.

O Mary, you are the glory of human nature.

Everything that exists comes under you, God alone excepted.

When we call Mary Mother of God, no further praise is possible, and we exalt at the same time the greatness and power of the Most High.

 

27. The Immaculate Conception

The grace of the Immaculate Conception is given to Mary not in the negative sense of an absence of all evil.

This grace is to the soul of Mary what clearness is to the atmosphere, which is nothing but a free and open passage

given to the rays of the sun;

and where this sort of purity exists, it is transformed by the sun’s splendour.

Because Mary is without stain, immaculate, she is entirely open and surrenders herself to everything that comes from on high;

God can come down and fill her being.

A place is prepared for him, wherever he goes within her; she is ready and cooperates, whatever he wishes to do.

The heavens and the earth are less subject to God, although they do not have the faculty to resist him, than this humble virgin who is free.

Every grace can and will stream into her whose depths can contain all.

 

28. MARY AND GOD’S PLAN

Mary!

What is your place in God’s plans?

The Angel of the Lord greets you as full of grace.

Then the source itself of all graces gives himself to you, enclosing himself in your womb.

You command all the roads to this source; for it is born from the depths of your being.

Rightly you preside over the distribution of its mysterious waters;

for at your word they have welled up over the world, purifying it, bringing it life and making it fertile.

Thus God wishes that this unique Virgin have charge of this sacred fountain to which all people will come to draw water (Zech 13:1; Jn 4:14).

He wants her to administer these waters faithfully, forever, and be their only channel.

 

29. To Mary: For Bread

Provident Mother of the Bread of Life,

spread your board

for the hungry of the world.

 

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30. To Mary: In Likeness

Mould of Christ's manhood

and Chalice of His blood,

Mary, Mother of us,

form us within you,

give us your spirit to drink.

 

31. Litany Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ hear us,

Christ graciously hear us.

God the Father in heaven,*

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God the Holy Spirit,

Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary,*

Holy Mother of God,

Holy Virgin of virgins,

Mother of Christ,

Mother of divine grace,

Mother most pure, i

Mother most chaste,

Mother inviolate,

Mother undefiled,

Mother most amiable,

Mother most admirable,

Mother of good counsel,

Mother of our Creator,

Mother of our Saviour,

Virgin most prudent,

Virgin most venerable,

Virgin most renowned,

Virgin most powerful,

Virgin most merciful,

Virgin most faithful,

Mirror of justice,

Seat of wisdom,

Cause of our joy,

Spiritual vessel,

Vessel of honour,

Singular vessel of devotion,

Mystical rose,

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32. Loving Mother

Loving mother of our Saviour,

ever-open Gate of Heaven,

Star of the Sea, whose joy it is to shine --

come to our aid,

to the aid of a people in need.

Nature stood by astonished when you

gave birth to the Holy One who made you,

a virgin both before and after.

We pray you by the joy

you had in Gabriel's saying 'Hail!',

have pity on us sinners.

Alma Redemptoris

 

33. Consecration To Mary

My Queen and my Mother, I give myself to you,

and to prove my devotion to you

I consecrate to you this day and for ever,

my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart --

my whole self and all that I am.

Since I am now all yours, dear Mother,

guard and defend me as your own.

Teach me to recognize the temptations

which Satan sets for me,

and help me to guard against them.

Mother of God,

teach me to know Jesus clearly, to love Him dearly,

and to follow Him very closely. Amen.

 

34. MOTHER FULL OF SORROW

(STABATMATER)

Mary, full of sorrow, stood

Tearfully beside the cross,

On which hung her only Son.

Full of grief, with' him she suffered,

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As the sword of bitter sorrow

Pierced her mourning soul with pain.

 

Oh, how sad and deeply pained

Was the blessed Virgin,

Mother Of the only Son of God.

 

His dear loving Mother wept

In her sorrow, as she watched

All the pains of Christ her son.

 

Is there one who would not weep,

Christ's own mother could he see

Bearing such great agony ?

 

Who while watching Christ's dear Mother,

 Suffering with her only Son,

Could refuse to mourn with her ?

 

She saw Jesus in his torments,

And his body torn with scourges

For the sins that we commit.

 

Still, she watched her loving Son,

Torn with pain in soul and body,

Till the moment of his death.

 

Oh, my Mother, full of love,

Let me share your weight of pain,

So that I may weep with you.

 

So that I may always please him,

Grant that my poor heart may burn

With the love of Christ my God.

 

Holy Mother, grant this prayer;

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Let the wounds of Jesus Christ,

Firmly in my heart be fixed.

 

Let me share with you the pain

Of your loving wounded Son,

Freely suffering for me.

 

Let me weep with you through love

Mourning for the Crucified,

Every day that I will live.

 

I desire to stand beside you

Near the cross, and take a share

In your weeping and lament.

 

Virgin of all virgins best,

Show your tender-hearted love;

Let me weep and mourn with you.

 

Let me bear the cross of Christ.

"Let me share with him his passion,

And remember all his wounds.

 

May his wounds now wound my heart!

May his cross and precious blood,

Take away all selfishness.

 

Virgin, my poor soul defend

On the judgment day of God,

Lest in fire of hell l burn.

 

Christ, when I am called to you

Let me, by your Mother's prayers,

Gain the crown of victory.

 

When my body comes to die,

Grant my soul may reach its home,

In the joys of paradise.

 

35. PRAISE OF OUR LADY

You are all beautiful, O Mary,

You were always free from original sin.

You are the glory of Jerusalem.

You are the joy of the people of God.

You are the great honour of our human race.

You are the helper of sinners.

O Mary, O Mary,

Virgin most prudent, Mother most merciful,

Pray to the Lord Jesus Christ for us.

 

36. OFFERING TO OUR LADY

Most holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, unworthy though I am to be your servant, yet moved by your motherly care for me and longing to serve you,

I choose you this day, in the presence of my guardian angel and all the saints of heaven, to be my queen, my helper and my mother, and I firmly resolve to serve you always, and to do what I can that all may give faithful service to you.

 

Therefore, most loving Mother, through the Precious Blood your Son poured out for me,

I beg you to receive me as your servant forever. Help me in all my actions, and 'beg for me the grace never, by word or action or thought, to be displeasing to you or to your most holy Son.

 

Remember me, dearest Mother,

and do not leave me at the hour of death. Amen. (St Francis de Sales.)

 

37. MARY AND OUR APOSTOLATE

Most beloved mother, Mary,

after your example, we have consecrated our lives to God.

Obtain for us in our daily journeying,

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that lasting joy which only your Son can give.

May our life, following your example,

give proof of that loving care

which should animate all those

who are associated in the apostolic mission of the Church,

and work for the rebirth of men.

Give us joy that our lives may be transfigured.

May your love and that of your Son make our lives fruitful.

Amen.

(Pope Paul VI)

 

38. TO ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

Joseph,

by the work of your hands and the sweat of your brow,

you supported Jesus and Mary,

and had the Son of God as your fellow worker.

Teach us to work, as you did,

with patience and perseverance

for God and for those whom God has given us to support.

Teach us to see in our fellow workers

the Christ who desires to be in them,

that we may always be charitable and forbearing towards all.

Grant us to look upon work with the eyes of faith

so that we shall recognize in it

our share in God's own creative activity

and in Christ's work of our redemption,

and so take pride in it.

When it is pleasant and productive,

remind us to give thanks to God for it;

and when it is burdensome,

teach us to offer it to God

in reparation for our sins and the sins of the world.

 

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39.   I LONG FOR MY GOD

O God, you are my God,

and I long for you.

My whole being desires you;

like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,

my soul is thirsty for you.

Let me see you in the sanctuary;

let me see how mighty and glorious you are.

Your constant love is better than life itself,

and so I will praise you.

I will give you thanks as long as I live;

I will raise my hands to you in prayer.

My soul will feast and be satisfied,

and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.

 

40.     LORD, MAY YOUR BLESSING BE WITH US

O Lord, you have always been our home.

Before you created the hills

or brought the world into being,

you were eternally God,

and will be God for ever ...

Teach us how short our life is,

so that we may become wise ...

Lord our God, may your blessings be with us.

Give us success in all we do!

 

41. "MAGNIFICAT"

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise has made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory...

 

42. "BENEDICTUS"

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness

and the shadow of death,

and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory...

 

43. PRAYER FOR UNITY IN CHRIST

May God, the source of patience and encouragement, enable us to have the same point of view among ourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus, so that all of us together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Adapted from Romans 15)

 

44. PRAYER THAT WE MAY KNOW GOD

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, glorious Father,

give us the Spirit, who will make us wise

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and reveal you to us, so that we will know you.

May our minds be opened to see your light,

so that we will know what is the hope

to which you have called us,

how rich are the wonderful blessings

you promise your people,

and how very great is your power

at work in us who believe.

(Adapted from Ephesians 1)

 

45. THAT WE MAY COME TO KNOW HIS LOVE                                                                       

Lord, our God,

we pray that we may have our roots and foundation in love,

so that we, together with all your people,

may have the power to understand how broad and long,

how high and deep, is Christ's love.

May we come to know his love

—although it can never be fully known—

and so be completely filled

with the very nature of you, our God.

(Adapted from Ephesians 3)

 

46. FOR GROWTH IN TRUE KNOWLEDGE                                             

Lord, our God,

we pray that our love will keep on growing more and more,

together with true knowledge and perfect judgment,

so that we will be able to choose what is best.

Set us be free from all impurity and blame

on the Day of Christ.

Fill our lives with the truly good qualities

which only Jesus Christ can produce,

for the glory and praise of you, our God.

(Adapted from Philippians 1)

 

47. CHRIST THE BREAD OF LIFE

Let us pray to the Lord Jesus for all those He invites to stand up and to continue on their journey. Our response will be: Lord, we believe, you are the Bread of Life.

To those who seek you in their night, give the bread of faith, otherwise the road of truth will be too long for them. We pray

To all those who live under oppression, give the bread of hope, otherwise the road to freedom will be too long for them. We pray

To all those who live in sin, give the bread of repentance, otherwise the road to forgiveness will be too long for them. We pray

To all those who live in discord, give the bread of reconciliation, otherwise the road to peace will be too long for them. We pray

To all those who live withdrawn within themselves, give them bread to share, otherwise the road to love will be too long for them. We pray

Lord Jesus, Bread of Life, let those who eat you become bread for others, that we may walk in your footsteps, now and forever. Amen.

 

48. LISTENING TO GOD'S WORDS

Let us pray that God's voice may be heard, understood and put into practice in our communities and in each of us. Let us say: Lord, let your word stir us.

That the Church may keep listening to the Prophets among us, through whom the Spirit speaks. Let us pray to the Lord

That God's people may keep listening to the words Jesus speaks in our assemblies - as a word spoken today to each of us. Let us pray to the Lord

That in the silence of the voiceless God's people may hear the voice of the Lord, carrying out for justice and compassion. Let us pray to the Lord

That the Word of God may resound and be accepted by those who hear it, when God's messengers proclaim it among the nations. Let us pray to the Lord

That our Christian communities may always keep listening to our Lord's Good News and take it as the guide of their lives. Let us pray to the Lord

Father, give us your Holy Spirit, that He may always move our hearts to accept and follow what you say to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

49. SPEAKING JESUS WORDS OF TRUTH AND FREEDOM

We are called by the Lord to make known His Good News. Let us pray that we may wholeheartedly respond to this call— according to the grace He gives each of us. Let us say: Here we are, Lord, send us.

Lord, you called Moses and Jeremiah to speak out and lead, yet they were only stammerers and timid men. Make us voice your word without hesitation, even to people not well disposed to listen. And so we pray ...

Lord, you called Amos and put your words in His mouth, yet he was only a shepherd and pruner of trees. Give us the courage to speak your word. And so we pray ...

Lord, you called your Apostles to spread your Good news, yet they were only fishermen, cleaning their nets. Make us also fearless to speak your word. And so we pray ...

Lord, you called Matthew to heal the people and to cast out devils, yet he was only a tax collector behind his desk. Wounded as we are, make us healers too. And so we pray ...

Lord, you call all of us to bring healing, to tolerate no injustice, to defend the poor, to be living witnesses to your mercy and love. Speak through us for all that is right and good. And so we pray...

God our Father, let the life and message of Jesus so inspire us, that we are willing to voice His truth, and bring His kind of freedom to everyone on this earth, that He may be the Lord of all now and forever. Amen.

 

50. THE FRUITS OF CHRIST'S REDEMPTION

Raising our eyes to Christ, Who was born and died and rose again for His people, let us ay out: Save those, you have redeemed by your blood, Lord.

Blessed are you, Jesus, Redeemer of mankind; you did not hesitate to undergo your passion and death to redeem us by your precious blood. Let us pray

You promised, that you would provide living water, the foun tain of eternal life, pour fourth your Spirit upon all men and women. Let us pray

You send disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations, help them to extend the victory of your Cross to all people. Let us pray

You called men and women to be heralds of your Good News, make them strong and faithful messengers of your Kingdom. Let us pray

King of peace, send your Spirit on the leaders of the Church and of the world, turn their eyes toward the poor and suffering. Let us pray

Protect and defend those who are discriminated against because of race, color, class, language or religion, that they may be accorded the rights and dignity which are theirs. Let us pray

May all who died in your love share in your happiness, with Mary, our Mother, and all your holy ones. Let us pray

 

51. CREATING AND RECREATING WITH THE LORD

The world was created by the Word of God, recreated by His redemption, and is continually renewed by His love. Rejoicing in Him we call out: "Renew the wonders of your love, Lord."

We give thanks to God, Whose power is revealed in nature, - and Whose Providence is revealed in history. We pray ...

Through your Son, the herald of reconciliation, the victor of the cross - free us from empty fear and hopelessness. We pray ...

May all those who love and pursue justice - work together without deceit to build a world of true peace. We pray ...

Be with the oppressed, free the captives, console the sorrowing, feed the hungry, strengthen the weak, - In all people reveal the victory of your Cross. We pray ...

After your Son's death and burial you raised Him up again in glory, - grant that the faithful departed may live with Him. We pray ...

 

52. AN APOSTOLIC SPIRIT                                                                              

Let us pray for growth in awareness of our mission to follow Jesus, to live like Him and to bring His good news to people around us and in far away places. Our response will be: Lord, renew our hearts.

For the Church, dear to us, that the Lord may help it to keep renewing itself, that It may stay on the road of the Gospel and help people to live it as good news. Let us pray to the Lord

For those who leave their nets to follow Jesus the Lord, that they may so live the Gospel as to make it visible and tangible. Let us pray to the Lord

That in the Church we may bring to each other the healing of forgiveness and compassion. Let us pray to the Lord

For tolerance and mutual understanding among all Christians, for cooperation among all in the task of justice, love and peace. Let us pray to the Lord

Lord our God, make our hearts wide as the sand of the sea - and our faith open to the whole world. Let your word come to life in us as a message of good news to all. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

53. SERVICE TO PEOPLE                                                                               

Let us pray to God, Who sent His own Son to serve us, and let us pray: Lord, make us servants of your love.

That we follow the example of Jesus by serving the people around us, let us pray to the Lord

That our prayer may become effective by disposing us to render service, also when it is inconvenient to do so. Let us pray to the Lord

That we may learn to become attentive to the needs of others and offer our help before they ask us. Let us pray to the Lord

That we may not force ourselves or our help on other people, yet that unobtrusively we may be available to all who need us. Let us pray to the Lord

That we may appreciate with sincere hearts the services others render to us. Let us pray to the Lord

That our willingness to serve may reflect the attitude of Jesus, Who became the servant of all and lead people to Him. Let us pray to the Lord

God our Father, help us to recognize and serve Jesus, your own Son, in every person we encounter, especially in the poor and disinherited. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

54. GENERAL INTENTIONS

The Lord keeps us forever in His covenant of love. Let us bring before Him our needs and our requests. Our response will be: Lord, keep us in your love.

For the whole world,, that all peoples may discover the love of God and the Heart of the lord Jesus Christ; that they may also enrich His body with the splendor and variety of their cultures. Let us pray to the Lord

For our country, that as citizens we may learn to respect and help one another and to build peace and progress, not at the expense of each other, but on the basis of justice and brotherhood. Let us pray to the Lord

For the Church, the body of Christ, and our own Congregation, that they may not be divided into factions and that they may become to all a sign of unity and God's love. Let us pray to the Lord

For Bishops, priests, religious, lay ministers, parish workers and catechists, whose task it is to proclaim the riches of the love of Christ, that they may speak God's word as good news of joy for all and make it visible in themselves. Let us pray to the Lord

For Christian families, that Christ may be the bond between husbands and wives, between parents and children, that the

young may grow up in an atmosphere of security, love and generosity. Let us pray to the Lord

For those who live without love, for victims of wars, discrimi­nation, injustice, prostitution and drug-abuse, that they may not give up hope in God because of the failures of people, and that they may be our concern. Let us pray to the Lord

For those who have to carry heavy burdens in life, old people, the sick, the lonely, those who suffer or are embittered, that by their faith and hope in Christ, they may find rest and happiness. Let us pray to the Lord

For our own community, that we may help each other in our needs, that each of us may do his share to bring about oneness of heart and spirit, and that we may always judge and act in accordance with the values of justice and love. Let us pray to the Lord

For all of us, that the Lord may give us strength when we waver, raise us up when we stumble, make us reliable and worthy of people's trust, and give us a deep sense of responsibility toward ourselves and the community. Let us pray to the Lord

Lord, these are the prayers we offer you. Set us free from all that could hinder us in our service to others, and may your Spirit guide us in all our undertakings. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

55. PRAYER TO OUR LADY FOR A HAPPY DEATH

O most holy Virgin Mary, who stands for ever before the most holy Trinity; and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to your most beloved Son; pray for me in all my needs; help me, beg and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins.

Help me especially at my last hour;

and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason,  then let you encourage me,  make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy.

Make in my name an act of faith;  favour me with a sign of my salvation,  and never let me despair of the mercy of God.

Help me to defeat the wicked enemy.

When I can no longer say, Jesus,  Mary and Joseph,  I place my soul in your hands",  let you say it for me.

When I can no longer hear human words of consolation,  let you comfort me.

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS TO MARY

 

1. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

2. THE MEMORARE  (ST BERNARD)

3. HAIL MARY

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4. TO MARY, THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

5. MOTHER OF ALL MEN

6. PETITION TO MARY

7. HAIL HOLY QUEEN

8. MOTHER AND GUIDE

9. PRAYER BEFORE MASS

10. AN ACT OF RESIGNATION

11. ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

12. PRAYER TO OUR LADY, BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

13. THANKSGIVING WITH OUR LADY

14. LOVING MOTHER

15. CONSECRATION TO MARY

16. MYSTICAL ROSE

17. TO MARY: FOR PEACE

18. TO MARY: FOR CONFIDENCE

19. HAIL, MOTHER OF MERCY

20. TO MARY: FOR PROTECTION

21. TO MARY: FOR CONFIDENCE

22. THE HAIL, HOLY QUEEN

23. THE ANGELUS

24. REGINA COELI

25. MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

26. FEAST OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

27. THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

28. MARY AND GOD’S PLAN

29. TO MARY: FOR BREAD

30. TO MARY: IN LIKENESS

31. LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY                                                                                       

32. LOVING MOTHER

33. CONSECRATION TO MARY

34. MOTHER FULL OF SORROW  (STABATMATER)

35. PRAISE OF OUR LADY

36. OFFERING TO OUR LADY

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37. MARY AND OUR APOSTOLATE

38. TO ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

39.  SUB TUUM PRAESIDUM

40. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA c444

41.  PRAYER TO  MARY, MOTHER OF GRACE               St. Athanasius, Bishop/Doctor

42  THE MARIAN PRAYER OF A FATHER OF THE COUNCIL OF EPHESUS (A.D. 431)

43.  PRAYER OF THE DEVOUT BLOSIUS

44. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ATHANASIUS  (A.D. 373)

45. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT AMBROSE

46. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF JAMES OF SAROUG (521)

47 IN HONOUR OF MARY'S NATIVITY                            SAINT ANSELM

48. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF MERCY -  ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO.

49. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS  ( 576) (Bishop of Auxerre)

50. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS ( 576) (Bishop of Auxerre)

51. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS  ( 576) (Bishop of Auxerre)

52. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS  ( 576) (Bishop of Auxerre)

53. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS  (A.D. 576)  (Bishop of Auxerre)

54. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS  (A.D. 576) (Bishop of Auxerre)

55. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GERMANUS  (A.D. 576)  (Bishop of Auxerre)

56. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT SOPHRONIUS (A.D. 560-638)  (Patriarch of Jerusalem)

57. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT SOPHRONIUS (A.D. 640)

58. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM  (349-407)

59. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA  (382-444)

60. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA  (382-444)

61. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT JOHN AUGUSTINE  (354-430)

62. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ILDEPHONSUS OF TOLEDO ( 677)  version 2...

63. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ILDEPHONSUS OF SPAIN ( 677)

64. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT JOHN DAMASCENE (A.D. 754)

65. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT PASCHASIUS RADBERTUS (A.D. 865)

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66. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT METHODIUS (A.D. 847)

67. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT PETER DAMIAN (A.D. 1007-1072)

68. THE PRAYER, "O BLESSED VIRGIN"    ST BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

69. MARY STEWART'S PRAYER

70. THE PRAYER OF SAINT SIMON STOCK

71. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT (A.D. 1206-1280)

72. OUR LADY OF STUDIES        ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

73. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

74. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

75. PRAYER TO OUR LADY -  ST BONAVENTURE

76. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS  ST. BRIDGET

77. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT     (A.D. 1673-1716)

78. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT     (A.D. 1673-1716)

79. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT JOSEPH CALASANCTIUS (A.D. 1557-1648)

A TRINITARIAN PRAYER OF PRAISE TO MARY

80. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT PHILIP NERI (A.D. 1515-1595)

81. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGOURI              (A.D. 1696-1787)

82. OFFERING OF THE HEART

83 A PRAYER FOR STUDENTS

84. TRUST IN THE IMMACULATE HEART

85 THE PRAYER   TOTA PULCHRA

86. THIRTY DAYS PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
IN HONOUR OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

87. THE PRAYER THE VIRGIN TO HER SON ON CALVARY

88. THE PRAYER, STAR OF SEA AND OCEAN.

89. STABAT MATER DOLOROSA

90. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GREGORY OF NAREK ( 1010)

91. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT GREGORY

92. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT GERTRUDE OF HELFTA ( 1256-1301)

93. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI   (1181-1226)

94. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI   (1181-1226)

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95. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES  (1567-1622)

96. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT EPHRAEM THE SYRIAN

97. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT EPHREM

98. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO  (1842-1857)

99. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA                 (A.D. 1195-1231)

100. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA  (1195-1231)

101. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ANSELM   (1033-1109)

102. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ANSELM   (1033-1109)

103. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ANSELM   (1033-1109)

104. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ANSELM  (1033-1109)

105. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO   (1538-1584)

106. MARIAN PRAYER OF INT CATHERINE OF SIENA  (1347-1380)

107. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BRIDGET (1303-1375)

108. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE (1218-1274)

109. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE  (1218-1274)

110. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE  (1218-1274)

111. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE  (1218-1274)

112. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD  (1090-1153)

113. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD  (1090-1153)

114. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD   (1090-1153)

115. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD  (1090-1153)

116. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD  (1090-1153)

117. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD  (1090-1153)

118. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT BERNARD  (1090-1153)

119. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT JOHN EUDES ( 1601-1680)

120. THE PRAYER HAIL MARY OF GOLD  -  St Gertrude

121. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGOURI     (1696-1787)

122. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGOURI  (1696-1787)

123. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION

124. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT GEMMA GALGANI  (1878-1903)

125. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT GEMMA GALGANI   (1878-1903)

126. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA  (1568-1591)

127. SALUTATIONS TO MARY  -      ST. JOHN EUDES 

128. PRAYER OF REFUGE -          ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI.

129. PRAYER OF ASPIRATIONS TO MARY      ST ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

130. ACCLAMATIONS IN PRAISE OF MARY      ST ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

131. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS    ST ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

132. PRAYER TO OUR LADY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS      ST JOHN BOSCO

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133. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY           ST. JOHN NEUMANN

134. THE PRAYER O MOTHER MOST SWEET                ST. PADRE PIO    O. F. M. Cap.

135. PRAYER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DEMONS                     ST JOHN BOSCO

136. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED MOTHER FOR HUMILITY               ST. JOHN NEUMANN,

137. NEWMAN MARIAN PRAYERS

138. PRAYER TO MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS           JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN

139. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF EVANGELIZATION

140. PRAYER TO THE IMMACULATA ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE'S TOTAL CONSECRATION

141. PRAYER OF POPE LEO XIII

142. PRAYER TO MARY, QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES ST VINCENT PALLOTTI

143. PRAYER TO MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS 1        CARDINAL NEWMAN

144. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI

145. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT THERESE DE LISIEUX (A.D. 1873-1897)

146. MARIAN PRAYERS OF SAINT JOHN VIANNEY (Curé d'Ars)

 

 
147. MARIAN PRAYER OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA (1910-1997)

148. MARIAN PRAYER OF FULTON J. SHEEN (1895-1979)

149. MARIAN PRAYERS OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN (1801-1890)

150. PRAYER OF ASPIRATIONS TO MARY - St Alphonsus Liguori

151. PRAYER TO MARY, QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES  - Saint Vincent Pallotti.

152. PRAYER TO IMMACULATE MARY      -  Blessed Father Annibale Di Francia.

153. ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

154. MARIAN PRAYER OF SAINT BERNADETTE  (1844-1879)

155. SAINT THERESA'S PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

156. PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH                                       St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R.

157. PRAYER TO IMMACULATE MARY -    Blessed Fr Annibale Di Francia.

158. PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH                   -  St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R.

159. PRAYER TO MARY FOR A GOOD MIND - A Hanrion, S.J.

160. IT IS SWEET MUSIC  -  POPE LEO XIII`                                                                                                                                                                                                      
161. O MOST HOLY VIRGIN        - Pope St Pius X

162. CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY - Pope Pius XII.

163. BEND TENDERLY OVER OUR WOUNDS    Pope Pius XII

164. CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY   Pope Pius XII

165.  TO OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION                     Pope Pius XII

166. VIRGINE BENEDICTA          Pius XII

167. MARY OUR STRENGTH       Pope Pius XII
168. OBEDIENT TO THE INVITATION          Pope Pius XII

169. TO MARY, QUEEN                                      Pope Pius XII

170. TO MARY, MOTHER OF DIVINE LOVE                    Pius XII

171. SALVE, O  VIRGINE                                   Pope Pius XII

172. PRAYER OF POPE                  Pius XII  TO OUR LADY OF REST

173. CONSECRATION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN - Pope Pius XII

174. CONSECRATION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN - Pope Pius XII                     

175. CONSECRATION OF THE SICK TO MARY             Pope Pius XII

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176. PRAYER OF POPE PAUL VI
177. CONSECRATION OF THE CHURCH /WORLD TO MARY  John Paul II  December 8,1990

178. ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT TO MARY Oct 8, 2000,  Pope John Paul II

179. THE SPLENDOR OF TRUTH                    Pope John Paul II  

180. A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS     Pope John-Paul II

181. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM             Pope John Paul II

182. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE              By Pope John-Paul II
183. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES                    John Paul II

184. PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE            Pope John Paul II

185. CONSECRATION OF THE CHURCH/ WORLD TO MARY   Pope John Paul II  1990

186. PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE           John Paul II

187. O MOST BLESSED VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH  John Paul II

188. THE PRAYER O MARY, QUEEN OF PEACE            John Paul II

189. O MARY BRIGHT DAWN OF THE NEW WORLD   Pope John-Paul II

190. PRAYER OF POPE JOHN XXIII

191. O MARY                Pope John XXIII
192. O FULL OF GRACE                   Pope Pius XII

193. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE - Pope Pius XII

194. MARY, QUEEN  Pope Pius XII

195. OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION        Pope Pius XII

196. O FULL OF GRACE                POPE PIUS XII

197. MARY OUR STRENGTH         POPE PIUS XII

198. PRAYER OF POPE JOHN XXIII                                   Love Of Mary

199. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE              Pope John-Paul II

200. THE MARIAN PRAYER OF POPE JOHN-PAUL II

201. OUR LADY OF LOURDES    Pope John Paul II

202. PRAYER FOR PEACE, TO MARY, THE LIGHT OF HOPE      Pope John-Paul II

203. O MARY, QUEEN OF PEACE                        Pope John Paul II

204. PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN OF THE MAGNIFICAT - LAY PEOPLE.      Pope John-Paul II

205. THE PRAYER OF SALUTATION TO THE IMMACULATE. (Immaculate Conception)

206. HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD - Pope Benedict XVI: Deus Caritas Est

 

1. PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

Be mindful, O Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, of the part you have been given by your Son in his plan of salvation.

With great confidence in you. we ask your protection and your guidance.

All graces flow to men from the heart of your Son. You have a mother's power over that heart. Use this love to win for us all that we need for life and for eternity.

You are a mother to us all, Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and we know that you do not refuse those who trust you:

Grant us, we pray you, in your love for Christ. and in your love for us, the graces and blessings we ask. Amen.

Christians who are in love have to be thoughtful of each other end help each other at all times A love friar can make a sacrifice is a love that will grow and grow, and last all their Lives (Rosemary Haughton)

 

2. THE MEMORARE  (ST BERNARD)

Remember. O most Loving Virgin Mary.

that it has never been known that anyone

who asked your protection.

begged your help

or sought you intervention.

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was not heard.

Full of confidence. therefore.

I come to you.

O Virgin of virgins. my Mother.

To you do I come.

before you I stand

sinful and sorrowful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

O Mother of Christ.

do not neglect my prayers

but hear and grant them. Amen.

 

3. HAIL MARY

full of grace the Lord is with you

blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,

Jesus Holy Mary,

Mother of God, pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Mary, we greet you

you have been specially favoured by God

You and your Lord are very close to each other

no woman on earth has been blessed as much as you,

and no child of woman deserves to be blessed and thanked as much as your son, Jesus

Mary, you are so holy that you never committed any sin.

O Mother of God, and our mother, pray for all of us, for all of us sinners, pray at this moment .... now...

but especially as we are dying and about to meet God in judgment. Amen.

We understand the love in the heart of Jesus for us. We understand the love of our Mother Mary for us. But, we need not think of them as separate.

No one is nearer the heart of Jesus than Mary, His Mother He picked her himself from all creation She is the Lady of his heart.

The graces given to us by the heart of Jesus, come to us through Mary. She is our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

The prayers we offer to the heart of Jesus, are offered through the hands of Mary She is our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Let us think of them together,' Let us approach Mary, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, with confidence.

She is the Hope of the Hopeless.

 

4. TO MARY, THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

Mary, we remember how your son began the Church,

- the long journeys to heal the sick or teach the people.

- the long discussions with sincere seekers after truth.

- the patient coaching of ignorant disciples.

- the hurried travelling to avoid political strife and unfriendly people. All this. and more we remember Mary. But we often forget the people who helped him. And overlook you. who helped him most. the Mother of the Church.

Mary, help us to be

- as prepared as you, to go to those in need,

-as watchful as you, in seeing, where we can help.

- as constant as you. in our fidelity to prayer,

- as understanding as you, to those not our type. our social level. our religion, our race.

- as wise as you. in seeing the will of God in the happenings and accidents of life,

- as generous as you in helping the trained disciples

            * the priests and consecrated people

            * to carry on the work of the Church.

Above all Mary, help us to receive with gratitude the gifts the Church offers us and in turn to help the Church by our prayer, our aid and our example.

 

5. MOTHER OF ALL MEN

Mary, Mother of men,

give us understanding and tolerance of each other.

Help us to understand all who suffer racial segregation,

and why in conscience they rebel against it.

Help us to understand those who impose segregation,

and why in conscience they uphold these laws.

Help us to understand the poverty, the squalor,

the lack of privacy which segregated people

experience.

Help us to understand the feelings of anxiety, frustration and resentment which they experience. Mary, Mother of all men, help us to understand what it means for mankind to live as one, when all social barriers have gone.

               'Therein lies the nobility and beauty of the Faith that we have the heart to dare something' (Card. Newman)

 

6. PETITION TO MARY

We fly to your protection, O holy mother of God. Despise not our petition in our necessity. Free us at all times from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin, our Lady, our intercessor, our advocate. Reconcile us with your Son; summon us to your Son; bring us to your Son.

 

7. HAIL HOLY QUEEN

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping, in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and, after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

 

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us Pray

(i) O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us Pray

(ii) Almighty and everlasting God, Who, with the co- operation of the Holy Spirit, didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother Mary to be a fitting habitation for Thy Son: grant that, by the loving inter- cession of her, whom we rejoice to remember, we may be delivered from present evils and from eternal death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

8. MOTHER AND GUIDE

I see in you, my Mother, the guide of my life. You fulfilled your destiny perfectly. Help me to see what I am called to do, what my place in the world is to be, how I am to spend my life. Teach me, O Mother, to go to Christ and find what my work for Him is to be.

 

9. PRAYER BEFORE MASS

Eternal Father, I OFFER THEE the sacrifice which thy beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, made of Himself upon the Cross and now renews upon this altar,

to ADORE THEE and give Thee the honour which is due to Thee, confessing in Thee the supreme dominion over all things,

the absolute dependence of all things upon Thee,

and that in Thee is our first beginning and last end;

to GIVE THEE THANKS for innumerable benefits received;

to APPEASE THY JUSTICE, angered by so many sins

and to make worthy satisfaction for them; to IMPLORE GRACE AND MERCY for myself, for those in sorrow and affliction, for poor sinners, for the whole world,

and for the souls in purgatory.

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May Christ be with me!

May Christ be in me!

He is strength, He is peace!

May Christ be where I recline.

May Christ be where I stand.

May Christ be where I sit.

Christ, my Lord,

Christ, my Redeemer!

I rise today with renewed strength at the

summons of the Triune God, believing in the

Unity of Three Divine Persons in One God.