You were trained there with other girls, under the care of holy women, and with deepest reverence you assisted at the sacred functions. Mary, My Mother, the Heart of Jesus was a generous Heart, symbolized by the wound in His side from which came forth the last drops of His Heart's Blood shed for us, and by which w e can reach the treasures of that Divine Heart. Mary, Mother of God, I firmly believe in the doctrine of Holy Mother Church concerning your Immaculate Conception, namely, that you were, in the first instant of your conception, by the singular grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. Through your all powerful prayers, obtain for me not only God's forgiveness, but also the grace to amend my life and to save my soul. Mary, Mother of God, I believe that as Mediatrix with Jesus you share also in His sovereign dominion over the universe. Mary, Mother of God, you are the Virgin most pure because you are the Immaculate Conception. 2. Teach me to understand that personal consecration to you does not mean only to place myself under your special protection, but rather to live for God in union with you by avoiding every sin and practising virtue. Forming with your Divine Son one spiritual body, we experience the rage of Satan until the end of time. You did not shrink from the disgrace of being recognized as the Mother of one condemned to die a shameful death. You are truly the pledge of Divine mercy. I also believe that grace is a free gift of God, and I have no claim to it except as a member of His holy Church, which is the mystical body of Christ. Truly, you are "light-giving" because you have given us Jesus, the Light of the World. In becoming His Mother, you became ours. Finally, they remind me of the everlasting glory of all the saints in Heaven united with your own glory and that of your Son. What a striking lesson you give me by this unlimited confidence in the power and goodness-of your Divine Son! Through you we have received Jesus Christ, the Universal Source of Grace, so through your intercession, we still continue to receive the various actual graces suited to our state of life. Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Feast Day February 27. For thirty-three years you enjoyed the company of the only-begotten Son of God in the intimate relation of Mother and Son, and under your care, according to the Evangelist, He "advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace, before God and man" (Luke 2, 52). Having deigned to come down to you, He wished to raise you up to Himself in order that you might enter into glory. Mary, Blessed Virgin, full of grace, Queen of all Saints, how consoling it is for me to venerate you under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel! As your true and lawful spouse, Saint Joseph was meant by God to have the privilege of exercising as his right, in virtue of his virginal marriage, the parental office in regard to your Child. The Father crowned you by making you a sharer in His power, the Son by making you partaker of His wisdom; the Holy Spirit, by making you partaker of His love. Feast, Saturday after the Feast of St. Augustine (Aug. 28) (Triduum, Wednesday nearest the feast of St. Mary, Mother of God, you are the Help of Christians because you are the Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ. May my faith influence my conduct. The Holy Spirit dwells in you as in a temple. More than ever before, we have need of your help today. He was pleased to help others for your sake. You love me with a love that is greater than the love of my own mother; you love me with the very love with which you love Jesus, since all your children form but one body with Him. Bless our prayers and labors for the conversion of the world and support them by your powerful intercession with your Son, Jesus, that His Kingdom of Truth and Life, Holiness and Grace Justice. How consistent with the infinite tenderness of God that His Christ, the Immortal Child, should be conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the body of a young virgin and that a virgin should bear a Child to redeem the world. For He was everything to you, and all else was nothing without Him. Infirmities of the body are nature's warning voice concerning the approach of death, which I cannot finally escape. With my whole heart I thank God for all He has done for you and for all mankind through you! Her name, feast day, location of her monastery, and attributes are those of the Celtic Goddess Brigit. Mary, My Mother, I have every reason to honor you under the title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, because you have given me the Eucharistic Christ. With Christ you have contributed to our redemption; hence you may be called Co-Redemptrix. Mary, My Mother, to conceal the miraculous conception and birth of His Divine Son, the Eternal Father inspired Joseph to marry you before the annunciation by the archangel Gabriel. Help me to receive Holy Communion frequently, at least each week, if not daily. You were the only one who was exempt from the universal curse that had fallen on the whole human race. 1. Aside from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, no human heart ever loved mankind so deeply as your heart, and, therefore, you wanted to unite your will to His, offering to Almighty God this Holy Sacrifice out of pure charity for the human race. I can pray to you with full confidence because you are loved by the Father as the Mother of His Son, loved by the Son as His own Mother, loved by the Holy Spirit as His Immaculate Bride. In 2017/18, the most recent full school year, 4.8% of half-day . To become the Mother of God meant for you a knowledge of and a share in the Passion of Christ that would plunge you into the depths of a sea of lonely desolation. These mysteries remind me also of your own glory, the Assumption of your soul and body into heaven and your crowning there as Queen of Heaven and Earth. At the Annunciation you received Jesus on earth; it was proper that He should receive you in Heaven. When I have pain, you are ready to comfort and strengthen me. He also willed that (2) everywhere the offering of Himself should be presented to the Father through your hands. Jesus ascended to Heaven before you not only that He might prepare a throne for you in that Kingdom, but also that He might Himself accompany you with all the blessed spirits and thus render your entry into Heaven more glorious and worthy of His Mother. Mary, Mother of God, your name is most glorious and most powerful. Though a creature, you gave birth to the Creator. As Mother of the spiritual and heavenly you are the mediatrix of the light of grace to mankind. But all heaven rejoiced at your birth, because you were destined one day to bring the Savior into the world; you were to become God's Mother and the Queen of heaven and earth. With a "fiat" God created light, heaven, earth, but with your "fiat" God became Man. In order to free yourself from legal uncleanness and to give us an example of obedience to God's law, you submitted to the ceremony of the purification and made the offering demanded of the poortwo pigeons or turtledoves. You are my Queen, my Lady. To you then we owe the salvation which Jesus brought to us. The words of Simeon were then fulfilled. Even if I have committed all possible sins, let me never lose confidence in you, for I know I shall always find your Heart filled with mercy The Son of God has His justice, but you, the Mother, have only your mercy. 3. Though you did not pay even the smallest part of our debt, you cooperated in His work by the entire union of your will with His. Since you bore a much heavier one together with your innocent Son, should not I, a sinner deserving of eternal punishments, carry mine patiently? Teach me the real kind of ambition, that is, greatness in God's eyes. You are the model of all virtues. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast day: June 27 Patroness of the Republic of Haiti and Almoradi, Spain Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Our Mother of Perpetual Help is the title given to a 15th-century icon that originated in the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery and has been in Rome since 1499. The Son takes pleasure in it as the Heart of His Mother, the source from which He drew the blood that ransomed us. After the triumph of your Divine Son on the day of His Ascension, there never was, and there never will be, a triumph like that which you enjoyed on this day. Feast, October 7 (Novena, Sept. 28-Oct. 6). Confidence fills my soul, for you were raised to this glory not for your own advantage only, but for that of your children also, in order to make us feel the effects of your powerful protection and intercession. Mary, Mother of God, you are Our Lady of Good Counsel because of the divine wisdom and prudence which you received from the Holy Spirit. Mary, Mother of God, sincere devotion to you is a sign of perseverance in doing good till death. In all your deeds you showed the fruits of the Divine Wisdom which had made you the dwelling-place of God. You are truly His beloved Daughter, the only one in whom there was never a stain. Give strength and courage to those who work for the salvation of souls as apostles of our own time so that following the example of the divine Missionary, Jesus Christ, they may labor zealously for the spread of God's Kingdom. Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day. God said to the serpent: "Because thou hast done this, I will place enmities between thee and the Woman, between thy seed and her Seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel" (Gen. 3.14). You are our spiritual Mother in the order of grace. I trust that you will lovingly bow down to help my efforts. Your fear arose entirely from your humility, which was disturbed at the sound of praises so far exceeding your own lowly estimate of yourself. Preserve their faith, assailed at every hour by the forces opposed to Christ. It takes me back to the days of the prophet Elias when you were prefigured on Mount Carmel under the form of the little cloud from which, as it grew larger, there fell a kindly rain, a symbol of the sanctifying graces that come to us from you. Just as the patriarchs in Limbo had beheld your birth as the breaking of that dawn which announced to them their near deliverance, so, too, your Assumption, together with the Ascension of Jesus, became for mortal man a sure pledge of resurrection and immortality. Your union with Joseph was ordained in the designs of God for the education of Jesus. Through your powerful intercession promote the propagation of the faith. The Virgin of Vladimir, also known as Vladimir Mother of God, Our Lady of Vladimir (Russian: , Ukrainian: ), and the Theotokos of Vladimir (Greek: ), is a 12th-century Byzantine icon depicting the Virgin and Child and an early . But the true sanctuary in which you dwelt with God was not the palace of worship at Jerusalem but the immaculate temple of your heart. God has willed that by your intercession we should obtain the graces Jesus has merited for us. Your loving submission to the Divine Will could not dry your tears, but it quieted the agony of your mother-heart. At the Crib, you were the first ostensorium of your Son, showing Him to the shepherds, to the Magi and to the world. Mater Dolorosa. 3. Who can understand the joy you feel to be able to give happiness to the whole world? Tell me how to embrace whatever is best that I may attain the great purpose of my lifeheaven and the possession of Godand how to reject whatever is opposed to it or likely to make this attainment difficult. You are so tender and compassionate, so watchful to relieve the needy, that it would seem you had no other desire, no other concern except this. Your soul contained all the marvels of God's grace, for which reason the Church calls you the Singular Vessel of Devotion. But with these joys were also mingled bitter sorrows. You rule in heaven and on earth. You bore your sorrows bravely because you received them from God's hands. When His head was crowned with thorns, another crown of thorns encircled your Heart. I give you my intellect by holding you in loving reverence because of your dignity as Mother of God. As the God-man, Jesus is the perfect Mediator between God and man, because He alone could in all justice merit our reconciliation with God as well as the graces which God would impart after the reconciliation. By offering your Divine Son on Calvary you brought me forth to a life of grace and thus became my spiritual Mother. May this remembrance fill me with love and gratitude to you, and be the reason for my trust in your powerful protection and in your prayers in Heaven, where you plead with your Divine Son for the salvation of us all. I cannot secure my salvation without these graces, for it is the grace of God which gives me light and strength to do good deeds. Jesus continues ceaselessly to pray for us, offering for us to His heavenly Father His infinite merits and atonement, and causing the floods of grace to descend upon us to save us. Such gifts assure us the everlasting indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, together with the Father and the Son, and that endless life which is its blessed fruit. The Catholic Church the Gospels, the sacraments, the Mother of Divine Grace as my advocatethese are among the special blessings with which I am favored. He sanctified your marriage with St. Joseph so that it might be an example for all Christian marriages. In His infinite mercy God chose Abraham who was to be the Father of a Chosen Nation. Your aid at the hour of my death will be for me a guarantee of salvation if through life I have sought to imitate the beautiful example of your life. The Annunciation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. His triumph over death His Ascension into Heaven, the sending of the Holy Spirit. An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of September, repeating indefinitely September 14, 2022 Team ICM Faith / Spirituality. It was a life of silence, and yet He is the Word of the Father, the expression of His glory, the teacher of the prophets. How often am I confused in the problems of life. But the same spirit of humility which had induced Jesus to obey the law of circumcision, made you also submit to the law of purification. To the Father you present in your Son, an adorer worthy of Him, and adoration and love of infinite value. Saint Elizabeth received the Holy Spirit through your intervention, in order to teach us that we must make use of you as our Mediatrix with your Divine Son, if we wish to obtain the Holy Spirit. This privilege separated you from all the rest of the children of Adam. While no gift is bestowed on us by God except in virtue of the Passion and death of your divine Son, the Precious Blood and the sacred wounds of Jesus are presented to God by you. How can I ever imagine the emotions of longing and most eager expectation of the Birth of the Divine Child! Solemnity of Mary Mother of God 2. In 1913, Pope Pius X fixed the date on September 15. But you needed the redeeming Savior to obtain this exemption, and deliverance from the universal debt of being subject to original sin. God has created nature and all the wondrous functions of the human body. He was with you not only by His essence, His presence, and His power, as He is with all His creatures. It was indeed a divine life that Jesus led in Your womb, a life most active, and yet one of unbroken calm. You may have remained in the Temple till the age of twelve. Mary, Mother of God, your name means "full of light" and "light-giving." By Francesca Merlo The Virgin of Guadalupe, like the shroud of Turin, appears on a piece of fabric. Mary, by your humility, you became the Mother of your Creator. Here on earth kings and rulers lay at your feet their crowns, their very selves. You have given us Christ that He may make us live of His life. You love them still, in spite of their sins, and you follow them with your motherly gaze and your prayers. The Creator, in His goodness, became the Son of His own creature. Mary, Mother of God, tradition tells us that when you were three years of age, your parents, Joachim and Anne, took you to the Temple in Jerusalem to fulfill their vow. Copyright 2023 Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. Irondale, Alabama. But no child ever belonged to its mother as Jesus belonged to you. This intimacy with God was the soul of your soulyour very life. Your Son will deny you nothing. Who can describe the anguish of your generous soul when with your Divine Babe in your arms you were willing to sign His death warrant with your own hands? Help me to imitate your virtues that I may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. The Divine Son gave you a mother's heart, in which, as in a sanctuary, He wished to dwell. Reign over my mind and heart and will and body, so that I may belong completely to Jesus through you. You offered Him on the altar of the Crossthe future Eucharistic Christin perfect adoration to the insulted majesty of God, in thanksgiving for all the blessings showered on mankind; in reparation for our sins and in petition for sinners. For that reason you were conceived by your mother, Saint Anne, without even the shadow of sin. The Church venerates many holy virgins, martyrs and other saints, but no one of them has merited or obtained your title of Holy Virgin, Virgin most pure. At the very instant of your conception your mind was filled with the light of God, and your will was entirely conformed to the divine will. 1. My imitation of both Jesus and you depends upon my response to the amount of grace that God sees fit to give me. When you lived in this valley of tears, you were ever loving and merciful toward the afflicted. 3. With joy you must have foreseen the millions of souls who by your presence in their lives would cast off the bonds of sin. A Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows on her feast day, September 15: O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender . You brought me forth spiritually to a new life of grace. As you knelt before the Sacred Species, you truly influenced the First Christians to be ardent lovers of your loving Son in the Blessed Sacrament. Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! I am most grateful for such devoted love and sympathy. our lady of sorrows feast day. Mary, My Mother, may the faithful recitation of the Rosary help me to remember God's love for me in becoming man for my salvation. More than 130 years ago, Mercy Home was first established as the Mission of Our Lady of Mercy. Through your prayers, may Jesus make me live of His life through sanctifying and actual grace. You said Yes so that we might live. The object of these feasts is the spiritual martyrdom of the Mother of God and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son. I have been especially blessed as a Catholic, for God has given me graces which He has not given to everyone else. How many are now in heaven because of the protection given them by your merciful Heart! Give me enthusiasm and joy in the knowledge, the love and the service of the Lord. Francis Possenti was born in Assisi. Mary, Mother of God, yours is a queenship of goodness. Only after many years of fervent prayers did God reward them. But you merited the title Co-Redemptrix above all by your union with Christ in His redemptive sacrifice. . The prayers of the saints avail only in a limited way. Surely the Son cannot refuse her who gave Him birth, the one who never denied Him anything. In union with Him you also did the will of God perfectly as He exclaimed "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.". But all graces come through you. Your motherly love contributed so much to our salvation in the Incarnation of the Son of God, who is the Universal Source of Grace, that you will eternally contribute as much to all the works of grace, which come to us because of the Incarnation. You obtained that grace for me. Balaam referred to you as a star: "The star which shall arise from Jacob." The Gospel speaks of you as standing beneath the cross. Interestingly, in 1482, the feast was officially placed in the Roman Missal under the title of "Our Lady of Compassion," highlighting the great love our Blessed Mother displayed in suffering with her Son. This truth was confirmed on Calvary, when at the very moment our redemption was to be completed by the death of Jesus, He said to you: "Behold thy son," then to St. John, who took our place beneath the cross: "Behold thy mother." In the hope that Life will triumph over death, from this moment and for ever more, we want to sing with you the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Mary, My Mother, may the faithful recitation of my Rosary show my gratitude to Jesus for having redeemed me on the cross and for having given you to me as my spiritual Mother.