PRAYERS TO THE VIRGIN MARY

Virgin Mary

BLESSED BE YOUR PURITY

Blessed be your purity,
May it be blessed forever,
For no less than God takes delight,
In such exalted beauty.
To you, heavenly Princess,
Holy Virgin Mary,
I offer on this day

My whole heart, life and soul.
Look upon me with compassion,
Do not leave me, my Mother.

 

HAIL MARY

La Virgen MaríaHail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou 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.

 

 

PRAYER

Mary, holy virgin mother, I have received your Son, Jesus Christ. With love you became his mother, gave birth to him, nursed him, and helped him grow to manhood. With love I return him to you, to hold once more, to love with all your heart, and to offer to the Holy Trinity as our supreme act of worship for your honor and for the good of all your pilgrim brothers and sisters.

Mother, ask God to forgive my sins and to help me serve him more faithfully. Keep me true to Christ until death, and let me come to praise him with you forever and ever. Amen.

 

THE REGINA COELI (for Easter Time)

Queen of heaven, rejoice!. Alleluia.
For he whom you did merit to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen, as he said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
For the Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.
Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection

of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech you, that through
the intercession of the virgin Mary, his Mother, we may obtain the joys
of everlasting life, through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

THE HOLY ROSARY

Virgin of the Rosary

Make the sign of the cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Then: One (1) Our Father...Three (3) Hail Marys...One (1) Glory be.

Start each Decade by meditating on the Mystery. On the large bead say the Our Father. On the ten small beads say ten Hail Marys. Then recite the Glory Be.

At the end of every decade, recite the following:

O Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, bring all souls to heaven, especially those who are in more need of your mercy.

MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY

JOYFUL: (Mondays and Thursdays)

The annunciation
The visitation
The nativity
The presentation in the temple
The finding of the child Jesus in the temple

SORROWFUL: (Tuesdays and Fridays)

The agony in the garden
The scourging at the pillar
The crowning with thorns
The carrying of the cross.
The crucifixion and dead of our Lord

GLORIOUS: (Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays)

The resurrection
The ascension
The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles
The assumption
The coronation of the blessed Virgin

LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, hear us
graciously hear us
God the Father of heaven
Have mercy on us
God the Son, redeemer of the world
Have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit
Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God
Have mercy on us
Holy Mary*
Holy mother of God
Holy Virgin of virgins
Mother of Christ
Mother of the Church
Mother of divine grace
Mother most pure
Mother most chaste
Mother inviolate
Mother undefiled
Mother immaculate
Mother most amiable
Mother most admirable
Mother of good counsel
Mother of our Creator
Mother of our Savior
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 honor
Singular vessel of devotion
Mystical rose
Tower of David
Tower of ivory
House of gold
Ark of the covenant
Gate of heaven
Morning star
Health of the sick
Refuge of sinners
Comforter of the afflicted
Help of Christians
Queen of angels
Queen of patriarchs
Queen of prophets
Queen of apostles
Queen of martyrs
Queen of confessors
Queen of virgins
Queen of all saints
Queen conceived without original sin
Queen assumed into heaven
Queen of the most holy Rosary
Queen of the families
Queen of peace
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the mundi. sins of the world.
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God. Despice not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin. 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,mine, 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 the same Christ our Lord.

Amen

For the needs of the Church and of the State.
Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be.
For the person and intentions of the (Arch) Bishop of this diocese.
Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be.
For the holy souls in purgatory.
Our Father...Hail Mary...
May they rest in peace. Amen.

 

THE MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

 

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN (This anthem is attributed to Adhemar de Monteil, Bishop of Le Puy (+1098). The three final invocations were added by St.Bernard (1091-1153)

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 vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!.

-. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

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

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body and soul of Mary, glorious Virgin and Mother to become the worthy habitation of your Son; grant that by her gracious intercession, in whose commemoration we rejoice, we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. -. Amen.

-. May divine assistance remain with us always.

- Amen.

NOVENA TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ANTIPHON FOR EVERY DAY

  1. Thou art all fair, O Mary, and stain of original sin is not found in thee.
  2. Thy vesture is white as snow; and thy face is as the sun.
  3. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem; thou art the joy of Israel; thou art the honour of our people.
  4. Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord, the most High God, above all women upon the earth.
  5. Draw us, O Immaculate Virgin: we will run after thee in the odour of thy ointments.

 READING and MEDITATION (See below)

PRAYER FOR EVERY DAY

Lord, you have prepared a worthy dwelling place for Your Son by the immaculate Conception of the Virgin; grant, we pray, that as You preserved her from all stain of sin in Your foreknowledge of His death, so we, by her intercession, may come to You with pure hearts. Through Christ our Lord.

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and blessed virgin.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

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

Amen.

FIRST DAY

READING

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he said to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own". (John 19:25-27).

MEDITATION

Mary is the Mother of God and our Mother. This is the foundation of our firm confidence in her. Our Blessed Mother always listens to us.

 SECOND DAY

READING

"My delights were to be with the children of men. There, children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise and refuse it not...He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord" (Prov 8, 31-35)

MEDITATION

Full of love for her children, our Blessed Mother watches over us and listens to us. Is there any better way to go to Jesus?.

 THIRD DAY

READING

"I am the Mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life, and of virtue. He that listens carefully to me, shall not be confounded: and they that work by me, shall not sin" (Sirach 24,24.25.30)

 MEDITATION

Mary was conceived without stain of sin. She remained most pure throughout her life. Now that her feast is approaching, we speak to her about holy purity. This is a virtue we should constantly learn to live, and teach others to live, following the example of Jesus and Mary.

 FOURTH DAY

READING

"As he landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things." (Mark 6,34)

MEDITATION

The Virgin Mary attracts the hearts of Christians and keeps them close to Christ. As we try to draw others close to God, let us place this concern in the hands of our Blessed Mother. She will help us to turn our desires into apostolic deeds.

 FIFTH DAY

READING

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, where-with shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid" (Mt 5,13-14)

MEDITATION

We do apostolate in and through our ordinary life. Our Lord gives us the necessary grace to show others the great value of our daily tasks. God waits for us in our ordinary work. He uses our ordinary life so that we may love Him more and so that we may bring others to love Him, too. In this we imitate Mary, our Mother.

SIXTH DAY

READING

"In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elisabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." (Luke 1,39-41).

MEDITATION

Let us value the deep human dimension of apostolate. In our dealings with others, let us spread cheerfulness and human affection. This is especially important for those who have never heard a kind word nor received sincere Christian help.

 SEVENTH DAY

READING

"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel." (Gen 3,15)

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel." (Is 7,14)

"You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you are the honour of our people." (Judith 15,9)

MEDITATION

The light of hope shines for each of us even after we have sinned. This is a constant light –the light of Jesus Christ, the Son of Mary. He forgives all our sins in the Sacrament of Penance.

 EIGHTH DAY

READING

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth, and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." (John 12,24)

MEDITATION

All that the Lord asks from us is our personal sacrifice, our work and our effort when we give Christian formation. He guarantees the result when he applies his infinite merits to souls. Apostolate demands self denial and spirit of sacrifice from us.

 NINTH DAY

READING

"Winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtle is heard in our land: The fig tree has put forth her green figs: the vines in flower yield their sweet smell...My dove...show me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely" (Song of Songs 2,,11-14)

MEDITATION

Our miseries are great but the protection of our beloved Blessed Mother is even greater. God’s grace shines forth and triumphs in Mary. On our part, we use all the means so that divine grace enters our soul without any resistance or obstacle.

 

CONSECRATION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN

My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you and in proof of my affection, I give you my eyes, my ears, my tongue, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Since I am your own, keep me and guard me as your property and possession. Amen.

 

MARY, MOTHER OF GRACE

Mary, Mother of grace, Mother of mercy, shield me from the enemy and receive me at the hour of my death. Amen.

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