THINKING WITH MARY.
By FRANCIS P. LeBUFF, S.J.
CATHOLIC TRUTH SOCIETY of IRELAND No. Pr0441a (1944).
MARY'S RECEPTION INTO HEAVEN.
Mary is taken up into Heaven. The angels rejoice, and with blended praise they bless the Lord.
- Offertory of the Mass of the Assumption.
the simple maid of Galilee . . . .
the Virgin spouse of Joseph . . . .
the Blessed Mother of God . . . .
Is taken up into Heaven.
first, her soul sped its way home . . . .
and a short while later her unsullied body was taken aloft . . . .
the days of her pilgrimaging are over . . . .
the years of her separation from her Son are ended . . . .
body and soul united, she enjoys the unending vision of God . . . .
The angels rejoice.
the Mother of their God is with them now . . . .
their Queen has come to her throne . . . .
Michael rejoices, because she, too, has conquered the enemy he had routed. . . .
Gabriel is glad, for the Lord is with her now eternally. . . .
and Cherubim rejoice,
because her burning love of God rivals theirs. . . .
And with blended praise.
no petty jealousies there . . . .
no clash of personalities . . . .
but a harmony that springs from the triune God . . . .
bless the Lord.
for her, the masterpiece of His universe . . . .
that she had been kept stainless . . . .
that she had hearkened to Gabriel's word . . . .
she, the second Eve, had crushed the serpent's head . . . .
And Mary joins their praise
"My soul does magnify the Lord. . . .
"And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour". . . .
Now . . . . and unendingly . . . .
in utter fulness of happiness . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
I am so happy that you are in Heaven, body as well as soul. You deserve that for all you did for your divine Son and for us, your other children. I rejoice with the angels and I mingle my praise with theirs. You are happy, Mother, now, unendingly happy. Just keep a watchful, helping eye on me so that I'll be happy with you when I die.
MARY'S POWER TO HELP.
Be mindful, O Virgin Mother of God, when you stand in the sight of the Lord, to speak good things for us, and, to turn away His anger from us.
- Offertory of the Mass of the Seven Dolours.
as our Mother, she is always mindful . . . .
as every mother, so she, too,
wants her children to come to her and ask . . . .
O Virgin Mother of God.
Mother of God and our Mother, too . . . .
loving her infinitely perfect Son . . . .
loving her other, frail, weak children . . . .
for she is our "Mother of Mercy ". . . .
When you stand in the sight of the Lord.
and she is standing there now . . . .
and she is all powerful with her Son . . . .
for she is the "Mediatrix of All Graces ". . . .
To speak good things for us.
Tell Him that, though we have sinned, we have tried a bit . . . .
Tell Him that a mother always loves her weakling child most . . . .
Tell Him that a mother always yearns most for her wayward child . . . .
Remind Him that He was born in a stable for us . . . .
Remind Him that He willingly died on the Cross for us . . . .
Tell Him that we really want to be with Him in our home . . . .
To turn away His anger from us.
for we are "poor banished children of Eve". . . .
for we carry within us the taint of our First Parent's fall . . . .
for we ourselves have sinned again and again . . . .
have forgotten His love . . . .
and He will listen to your prayer . . . .
for you are
our Mother . . . .
and His Mother, too . . . .
Mary, my Mother,
you gave Our Lord all the help He needed as a baby and a growing child. Actually, He could have done without your help for He was omnipotent. But I am not; and I am very much in need of your help at all times, and I need it most when I sin and because I have sinned. So, as my Mother, be mindful of me and speak good things for me as you stand for ever before the throne of God.
You are all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in you.
Canticle of Canticles 4:7.
Mary, the unobtrusive maid of Nazareth . . . .
Mary, the betrothed of the village carpenter . . . .
who thought of herself merely as
"the handmaid of the Lord". . . .
Are all fair
before God in Heaven
the Father, who has picked her out
to be the Mother of the Redeemer . . . .
the Son, who reverences her as the
sole human agent of His earthly existence . . . .
the Holy Ghost, who has espoused her unto
virginal motherhood . . . .
before the angels, whose Queen she is . . . .
before men, who revere and honour her as Mother and powerful helper . . . .
There is not a spot in you
no spot of original sin, for she alone was preserved from the original taint . . . .
no stain of actual sin
for she loved God too much to offend Him in any least way . . . .
she was "full of grace"
and so was mightily helped to practise virtue . . . .
by a special gift from God she had perfect control
over her lower nature at all times . . . .
and we pray to her now
for we find virtue difficult . . . .
and sin is attractive . . . .
and our lower nature rises in rebellion . . . .
and she will help us because she is our Mother . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
what a wonderful gift that was which you had. No slightest sin ever stained your soul. With me, it has been so different. Yet you love me and you want me to stop offending your Son and to grow holier every day. I want to, too. So please pray for me and I will try to do my part.
MARY OUR MOTHER.
He says to His Mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, He says to the disciple: Behold your Mother. - John 19:26-27.
who harboured Me nine months within your womb . . . .
who nurtured Me at Bethlehem and Nazareth . . . .
whose love grew as the years passed on . . . .
remains close to Me to the last . . . .
Behold your son
not like Me, highest, holiest manhood, joined to God . . . .
but John, My loving disciple . . . .
and also each human being throughout all time . . . .
each one a mere creature
slow-footed toward virtue . . . .
wearying quickly of holiness . . . .
for whom I died and who caused My death . . . .
but loved by Me to the end . . . .
After that, He says to the disciple
first and foremost to John . . . .
thereafter to each one of us sanctified in Baptism . . . .
strengthened in Confirmation . . . .
cleansed in Penance . . . .
nurtured in Holy Communion . . . .
called to be a saint . . . .
destined to unending happiness . . . .
Behold your Mother
who loves you because I love you . . . .
who loves you as she loves Me . . . .
who watches over you always and everywhere . . . .
who wants to help you to be like Me . . . .
will you let her? . . . .
Yes, dear Mother,
I too accept you as my Mother. I should be very foolish if I did not, for you are so good and so kind and so interested in me and in all that I do. I can't be as good as John. But I do want to try to be at least not too unworthy a child of such a holy Mother.
MARY QUEEN OF THE ROSARY.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us. Litany of Loreto.
of the most holy Rosary
of the Joyful Mysteries
of the Annunciation, when you heard tremblingly
that you were to be God's Mother . . . .
the Visitation, when your lips broke forth exultingly
into the Magnificat . . . .
the Nativity, when you first looked rapturously
into the eye of your Babe . . . .
of the Presentation, when you offered God to God . . . .
the Finding, when the agony of days was changed
into the joys of Nazareth's eighteen years . . . .
of the Sorrowful Mysteries
of the Agony, when your Son fell prostrate in His own blood . . . .
of the Scourging, when every lash tore your own heart too . . . .
the Crowning With Thorns, when men
reviled your Son as king . . . .
the Carrying of the Cross, when you met
and followed your doomed Son . . . .
the Crucifixion, when you remained at His deathbed to the end . . . .
the Glorious Mysteries
the Resurrection, when He broke the bonds of death,
and, risen, paid you His first visit . . . .
the Ascension, when He left you behind
to tarry a while with His growing church . . . .
the Descent of the Holy Ghost, who came upon you
at prayer with the Apostles . . . .
of the Assumption, when He called you home from your exile . . . .
the Coronation, when, to the joy of angels and of saints,
He crowned you Heaven's Queen . . . .
Pray for us
in our joys, that we may use them aright,
and not let them blind us to the things of God . . . .
our sorrows, that we may sanctify ourselves by them
as you did by yours . . . .
moments of success and triumph,
that our frail minds may not be turned to pride . . . .
pray for us, now and, at the hour of our death . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
day after day in my Rosary, I think over the mysteries of Our Lord's life and of yours too. Sometimes I do it very carelessly and very unthinkingly, hardly paying any attention to God or to you or to what I am saying. Help me in each mystery to turn the pages of Our Lord's life attentively, and, as I say the beads, teach me a little of what you saw there.
MARY'S CHILD PLEADS.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
"daughter of the mighty Father". . . .
Mother of the Eternal Son . . . .
Spouse of the Holy Spirit . . . .
virgin wife of Joseph . . . .
Conceived without sin
original sin found no place in you . . . .
nor did its baneful effects mar the peace of your soul . . . .
but your soul came from God's hands
enriched with sanctifying grace . . . .
filled to overflowing with that grace . . . .
"you are all fair . . . . and there is not a spot in you" (Cant. 4:7) . . . .
Pray for us
we need your help "mourning and weeping in this valley of tears . . . .
Our Lord loves you, and will heed your prayer . . . .
pray to Him, but He will listen to you, His Mother, more readily . . . .
have recourse to you
we come, because we know our need . . . .
we come, because we are conscious of our sins . . . .
we come, because we fear our weakness . . . .
we come, because you are our Mother . . . .
to whom else could we go? . . . .
"O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions" . . . .
"but in your mercy, hear . . . .
"and answer me . . . .
your child calls . . . .
Mary, my Mother,
you were so blessed by God that you never committed the slightest fault your whole life through. But you lived in this world and you know the temptations that surround me; and you know, too, how frail I am and how easy it is for me to fall. So I know you will pray for me to your Son for grace to avoid sin more and more and to grow daily more like Him and you.
MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN.
Queen of Heaven, pray for us. Litany of Loreto.
Queen of Heaven
for she reigns there, body and soul united forever . . . .
seated at the right hand of her Son . . . .
truly Queen of Heaven
for she is Mother of God . . . .
and Spouse of the Holy Spirit . . . .
Queen of Heaven by right, not merely by special favour . . . .
Queen of Heaven
Queen of the nine choirs of angels . . . .
Queen of the baptized infants . . . .
Queen of saintly young men and women who walked through life cleanly . . . .
Queen of aged folk who had served God long . . . .
Queen of the saved in the Old Law . . . .
Queen of the saved in the New Law . . . .
Queen of those who had known and loved her while they were on earth . . . .
of those who had never heard of her until they saw her in Heaven . . . .
who know you
that we may know you better . . . .
that we may love you more . . . .
that we may imitate you more closely . . . .
that we may make others know you better . . . .
we may come to know your Mother's love . . . .
Pray for us
the young, that we may keep our souls strong and pure . . . .
more mature, that we may fight the fight of life aright
and set a good example . . . .
older folk, that our feet may walk
toward the grave expectantly . . . .
all, that one day you may be our Queen, too, and for ever . . . .
Dear Queen of Heaven,
I need no formal invitation to come to you nor must I wait long in line for the privilege of a brief moment with you. I can come to you at any time and can chat away as long as I please and you will never hurry me away. Let me always remember that, especially when I need you most. Even when I don't come to you, please keep on praying for me. And if ever I cease to walk with Our Lord because of sin, please come and find me, and bring me back to His side and to yours.
MARY WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE.
Happy indeed are you, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, for out of you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ Our Lord.
- Offertory of the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Happy indeed are you, O holy Virgin Mary
"blessed are you among women" (Luke 1:42) . . . .
all generations shall call me blessed" (Luke 1:48) . . . .
she was on earth, despite her sorrows,
because she was always so close to Him . . . .
happy she is in Heaven
as Queen of Heaven . . . .
as Mediatrix of All Graces for us who are yet to be finally redeemed . . . .
as the Mother of her devoted children here below . . . .
Most worthy of all praise
because God Himself praised her . . . .
because of all she has done for us . . . .
because, try as we may, our slight praises can never equal her worth . . . .
because it will be our joy throughout eternity to praise her . . . .
For out of you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ Our Lord
to Christ we owe everything, and we owe Christ to Mary . . . .
and the fact that she is His Mother makes her happy . . . .
And most worthy of all praise . . . .
for out of you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ Our Lord
the world was in the darkness of inherited and personal sin until He came . . . .
He was a light "to enlighten them that sit in darkness,
and in the shadow of death (Luke 1:79) . . . . .
the Sun of Justice," revealing to mankind again
their duty to God . . . .
their obligations to their fellow men . . . .
the worth of their immortal souls . . . .
undying love of God for man . . . .
Christ the Sun of Justice" for me?
the innermost recesses of my mind
with knowledge of His truths? . . . .
storing my memory with the recollections of all His favours? . . . .
my will with His joyous love
to run in the way of His Commandments?
Dear Mother Mary,
I am so glad that you are so happy and that men praise you so much. We ought to, because you gave us Christ Our Lord, who has brought life and light into our lives. I haven't shown my appreciation very much but I'll try to do better in the future, for you are my Mother and I want to prove myself your devoted child.
You who are more honourable than the Cherubim and incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim, who have borne without stain God the Word; you, O Mother of God, we magnify.
- From the Dismissal of the Holy Liturgy according to St. John Chrysostom.
You who are more honourable than the Cherubim
the Cherubim and Seraphim are closest of all the angels
to the throne of God . . . .
Mary is higher than both,
for of all mere creatures she is nearest to God in Heaven. . . .
more honourable than the Cherubim
who are renowned for their knowledge and understanding of God . . . .
who therefore look so deep into the mysteries of God . . . .
for Mary was God's Mother
and so knew His eternal secrets . . . .
and gave Him His human nature . . . .
and caught His first smile . . . .
and taught Him to lisp His first words . . . .
and helped His first steps on the earth He had made . . . .
confidante through thirty long silent years . . . .
And incomparably more glorious than the Seraphim
the Seraphim who love God more intensely than all the hosts of angels . . . .
fires of whose love are lighted more brightly because
they are so close to the innermost love of the Godhead . . . .
Mary is incomparably more glorious than they because her soul
had been filled full with love from the moment of her
Immaculate Conception . . . .
because her love drew God down from Heaven . . . .
it was a mother's love . . . .
who have borne without stain God the Word
full of grace, the Lord is with you:
blessed are you among women" (Luke 1:28) . . . .
holy parent, who did bring forth the king, who rules Heaven and earth
(Introit of the Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary.) . . . .
are blessed and worthy of reverence, O Virgin Mary, who, without any violation
of purity, became the Mother of Our Saviour"
(Gradual of the same Mass) . . . .
You, O Mother of God, we magnify
your hymn of joy was: "My soul does magnify the Lord" (Luke 1:46) . . . .
but rightly were you praised in turn
by the angel: "Blessed are you among women . . . .
Elizabeth: "Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb" (Luke 1:42) . . . .
by Joseph, who was told by an angel of your sinlessness . . . .
by saints and sinners down throughout the ages . . . .
by your Son, who made you His Mother . . . .
to that grand chorus we add our own weak voices . . . .
and we shall sing your praises
in our hearts . . . .
but above all by the manner of our lives . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
I love you and I want all men to know how great you are and what wonderful things God did for you and how high you are up in Heaven. But most of all, I want them to know your love for us as Mother. I'm glad I know you are my Mother and I beg of you to help me to be every day a more devoted child.
MARY AND SINNERS.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.
who once was an earthly wayfarer like myself . . . .
who once knew the hardships of life as I . . . .
who led a hidden life in an obscure village . . . .
who knew sorrow and misunderstanding just as I . . . .
yet through it all was so holy that she was "full of grace . . . .
Mother of God
out of all the daughters of Eve, she alone was chosen
to bring God into the world as man . . . .
and because she is the Mother of God, she is all powerful with Him . . . .
she is the Mediatrix of All Graces . . . .
and yet she is our Mother too
being the Mother of the physical Christ she is by that very fact
the Mother of His Mystical Body, too . . . .
Christ freely gave her to us as our Mother
when He was dying on the Cross . . . .
loves us as she loved Him, and that means that she guards
and protects us . . . .
she continually intercedes with her almighty Son
for us her other needy children . . . .
for us, sinners
unlike her, sin has stained our souls
original sin from which she was preserved . . . .
actual sin from which she refrained by reason of her love of God . . . .
and sin has affected our souls and left its mark thereon . . . .
and so we need her help
for we are frail by nature
and we are frailer by sin . . . .
we are inconstant, one day trying, another not even wanting to try . . . .
we are easily led away from holy living by pleasures that taint . . . .
we drop our eyes to earth too often . . . .
we frequently forget that we have not here a lasting home . . . .
for us sinners
Now . . . .
and at the hour of our death . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
you are safe in Heaven, but I must still get there. You lived here on earth and you know all the dangers that beset me; you know too how weak and fickle I am. So please pray hard for me, a sinner, who wants to do better and wants very much to get to Heaven and be with you. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death for the distance between "now" and that hour, grows daily and hourly shorter and shorter.
MARY MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES.
In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue.
- Ecclesiasticus 24:25.
Used as the Gradual in the Mass of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces.
as Mother of God . . . .
as Seat of Wisdom . . . .
as Mediatrix of All Graces . . . .
All grace of the way
through Mary, we know the way as single persons . . . .
as married persons . . . .
as parents . . . .
as persons vowed to God . . . .
the way of living
poorly, yet contentedly . . . .
among worldly people, yet always looking to Heaven . . . .
unassumingly, though honoured highly by God . . . .
because we are always close to Him
in the Blessed Sacrament . . . .
and through Mary, we receive the graces so to live . . . .
And of the truth
about God . . . .
about our Catholic faith . . . .
about ourselves . . . .
about our days of pilgrimaging here . . . .
about Heaven to which we hope to come . . . .
in her is the spirit of understanding: holy, one, manifold, subtle, eloquent,
active, undefiled, sure, sweet, loving that which is good" (Wisdom 7:22) .
. . .
In me is all hope of life
of a holy, happy life now
with the love of God in our hearts . . . .
with our natural joys sanctified . . . .
with our sorrows eased . . . .
with our eyes kept always on Heaven . . . .
eternal life of happiness thereafter
to which we shall come through her aid . . . .
with her as our model . . . .
with her obtaining grace for us
to pray well . . . .
to suffer well . . . .
to take our pleasures well . . . .
to act always and everywhere as her true children . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
I am so glad that I can be sure of your help on the way home to Heaven. The way at times is rough and narrow and I stumble as I go on. So since all help comes through you, please get me much grace to lead a holy life always and everywhere so that I may at last come home to you.
MAKING PRESENTS THROUGH MARY.
They found the Child with Mary His Mother, and falling down they adored Him; and opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- Matt. 2:11.
They found the Child with Mary His Mother
so it was when the Magi came . . . .
so it has always been, for Jesus and Mary are inseparable . . . .
and it should be so in my life
in my thoughts . . . .
in my words . . . .
in my prayers . . . .
in my devotions . . . .
and Mary must always be together . . . .
And falling down they adored Him
by revelation they knew Him as God and adored Him as God . . . .
by revelation we too know Him as God
and by faith we acknowledge Him as God . . . .
and by hope we expect to attain to Him as God . . . .
and by love we give our service to Him as God . . . .
praise You, we bless You, we adore You,
we glorify You". . . . .
we give You thanks for Your great glory . . . .
and Mary told them much about Him . . . .
and she answered their questions . . . .
she helped their holy desires . . . .
opening their treasures,
they offered Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh
they gave themselves, and they gave their gifts . . . .
they gave what they cared for most . . . .
and Mary took the gifts graciously in the name of her Child . . . .
and yet a short while back, they were strangers to Him, the true God . . . .
but I know God and I have known Him long . . . .
I have received many gifts from Him and know His love . . . .
so I, too, must open my treasures, and give Him
my body, in fulness of chaste living . . . .
my mind, in ready acceptance of the truths of faith . . . .
my will, in fullest obedience to His laws . . . .
and I must let all men know He is my God
living the life He expects of me and that they know I believe
He expects of me . . . .
by fullest external compliance with the Catholic way of living . . . .
by earnest fulfilment of the obligations of this present life . . . .
and yet by a manifest expectancy of a life to come . . . .
thus did Mary always act and her life was an inspiration to all . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
you were always giving your best to Jesus; and so I come to ask your help to give Him a present and the present that He wants. I know what that is: myself, my mind, my heart, my life. Help me give it to Him completely every day-as you did. He deserves it, and I really want to give it all to Him.
MARY QUEEN OF APOSTLES.
We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God. Receive us, our Mother, our Queen. Ask your Son, the Lord of the harvest, that He send labourers into His harvest:
Tract in the 'Mass of Our Lady Queen of Apostles.
We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God
our frequent sins make us realize our own lack of virtue . . . .
our inconstancy proves to us our inability to help ourselves . . . .
so we look about for someone powerful to aid us . . . .
to whom better can we turn than to God's and our Mother? . . . .
Receive us, our Mother, our Queen
there is no stronger appeal than to a mother's love . . . .
is no one more powerful than our Mother who is Queen of Heaven . . . .
Mother and Queen
whom her Son obeyed when on earth . . . .
to whom her Son still hearkens in Heaven . . . .
with all her power and all her glory is still
the loving Mother of us, "poor exiled children of Eve" . . . .
your Son, the Lord of the harvest
He came down from Heaven to redeem our souls . . . .
He lived and died
to accomplish that redemption . . . .
set us an example of how we might apply
that redemption to our own souls . . . .
send labourers into His harvest
into each home, that it may be another Nazareth . . . .
into each school, that all may learn more of Him . . . .
each office and factory and workshop,
that each may work as He worked . . . .
each place of social amusement,
that He may bless their pleasures as He did at Cana . . . .
into civic meetings, that all may plan according to His law . . . .
each hamlet and town and city and country,
that His peace may reign over all . . . .
and I can be such a labourer, getting in His harvest if I pray . . . .
If I say the apt word at the apt time . . . .
so live that from my very life
all may come to know and love God more . . . .
Dear Mother Mary, Queen of the
your one thought was and is to bring each one of us nearer to your Son. I want to do that too. I want to make my soul His and make every one I deal with His.
And so I shall try to show others that I live up to His law because I love Him. You will help me, won't you, to do this job which is so big for little me.
A PRAYER FOR SINLESSNESS.
Grant, we beseech You, Almighty and Eternal God, that as we venerate with festive solemnity the untarnished virginity of the most pure Virgin Mary, so, by her intercession, may we attain to purity of mind and body.
- Collect for the Feast of the Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (October 16).
we beseech You, Almighty and Eternal God
daily and hourly our own inner weakness is brought home painfully to us . . . .
if we relied only on ourselves, the outlook would be rather hopeless . . . .
but God is almighty and eternal . . . .
and He really wants to help us . . . .
we turn to Him trustingly and hopefully . . . .
That as we venerate with festive solemnity
"Honour your father and your mother" is a commandment we lovingly fulfill towards Mary, who is our Mother . . . .
truly she is the Mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge,
and of holy hope (Ecclesiasticus. 24:24) . . . .
as her feasts return, we try to show our love for her in acts of special
devotion, alone and together . . . .
The untarnished virginity of the most pure Virgin Mary
by one of God's greatest miracles, she became the
Virgin Mother of the God-Man . . . .
her virginity was untarnished before, at and after the birth of Christ . . . .
Virgin most powerful . . . .
Virgin most merciful . . . .
most renowned . . . .
by her intercession
mother ever watched over her children more jealously
than Mary watches us. . . .
mother was ever more anxious to help her children
than Mary is to help us . . . .
each of us Mary says:
"As the mother loves her only son, so did I love you"
(see 2 Samuel 1:26 it is 2 Kings 1:26 in the Vulgate)
(and see Isaiah 49:15) . . . .
we attain to purity of mind and body
that we may not do anything unworthy of the family traditions of our faith . . . .
that we may avoid each slightest fault . . . .
we may think the things of God . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
no slightest fault ever stained your soul,
which was always most pleasing
The story of my life is just the opposite.
But I really want to do better.
So plead with your divine Son to give me much grace to avoid
even the slightest sin and to grow daily more holy and thus more like Him and you.
MARY GATE OF HEAVEN.
Adorn your bridal chamber, Sion, and receive Christ the King; embrace Mary, who is the Gate of Heaven; for she brings the glorious King of the new light.
- Antiphon during the Procession on the Feast of the Purification.
Adorn your bridal chamber, Sion, and receive Christ the King
these words are addressed to Sion of old, (Zion)
the chosen city of God's chosen people . . . .
but they are meant too for the Sion of today, the Mystical Body of Christ . . . . .
and each of us should "adorn" the "bridal chamber" of our souls
by the avoidance of sin . . . .
by holier living . . . .
by more prayer and nearness of mind to God . . . .
by exemplary conduct in public and in private . . . .
then we shall "receive Christ the King"
who wants to be King over our souls . . . .
whom we too want to be our King . . . .
Mary, who is the Gate of Heaven
she is our Mother and loves us tenderly . . . .
and she wants to lead us home to Heaven by the way of her love . . . .
she is the "Mediatrix of All Graces" . . . .
of her bounty we all receive . . . .
For she brings the glorious King of the new light
through her came the "star of Jacob" . . . .
her came the "Light of the Gentiles,"
among whom we are numbered . . . .
through her came the Saviour, who was to "enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death" (Luke 1:79) . . . .
brings Him to me if I will let her . . . .
glorious King of the new light
the new light of the "Law of Love," under which we live . . . .
the new light of the Sacrifice of the Cross . . . .
the new light of the Resurrection . . . .
the new light of the Mass . . . .
the new light of the seven Sacraments . . . .
new light of the sacramentals . . . .
and do I open my eyes to this new light
all the time? . . . .
as wide as I can? . . . .
do I let it warm my heart to holier living? . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
I want to prepare my heart and soul and body for the coming of your divine Son. He wants to be my King; you want Him to be; and, I too, want Him to be. But my mind needs light and my will need strength. So please help me every day and every hour to prepare the bridal chamber of my soul for His coming. Enlighten my mind and move my will so that I may give Him a royal welcome when you bring to me the glorious King of the new light.
A PRAYER FOR WORTHINESS.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
she loves us and desires to help us . . . .
she is our Queen, and so wants to protect us . . . .
is our Mother, and would have us come home finally
to her in Heaven . . . .
but we must go to her and ask her intercession . . . .
holy Mother of God
Mother of the All-Holy, and full of grace herself . . . .
of the Infinite, and yet a frail mortal like ourselves . . . .
possessing all the influence of a Mother with her Son . . . .
the while, our Mother too . . . .
we may be made worthy
of ourselves, without God's graces, we are worth nothing . . . .
of ourselves, we have committed many sins . . . .
and we must have God's grace, if we are to be pleasing to Him . . . .
we must keep His grace until death if we are to enter Heaven . . . .
the promises of Christ
of His actual graces, whereby our actions are made holy . . . .
of His sanctifying grace, whereby we ourselves are made holy . . . .
of His sacramental presence in Holy Communion . . . .
of union with Him in His Mystical Body . . . .
of that peace which He promised to His followers . . . .
of His companionship, as Viaticum, as we start the last journey to Him . . . .
of the face-to-face vision of Himself, and of God the Father . . . .
of God the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
your Son and my Brother has made wonderful promises for all of us. All these promises came true for you in the fullest way. I want them to come true for me, too. But I am not worthy; far, far from worthy. So pray for me, dearest Mother, that every day and every hour I may become more and more worthy of the promises of Christ.
THE ANGELS GREET MARY.
Mary is taken up into heaven; the angels rejoice, and praising, bless God.
- First Antiphon of the Assumption.
is taken up
her time of tarrying is done . . . .
the days of her handmaidenship are over . . . .
her exile from her Son is at an end . . . .
Where she is to be seated at the right hand of her Son . . . .
where she is to be crowned Queen of heaven and earth . . . .
where she is to enjoy the face-to-face vision of God forever . . . .
she prays always for us her children
who are still on our way home . . . .
because they are happy that her long years of waiting are ended . . . .
because they have long awaited her to be with them . . . .
the Mother of their King is with them . . . .
And praising, bless God
bless Him for all she did
her "fiat" which made her God's Mother . . . .
her care of the Infant Saviour . . . .
her Seven Dolours that made her Queen of Martyrs . . . .
her generous guidance of the early Church . . . .
bless Him for all she is
her Immaculate Conception . . . .
her queenship over angels and men . . . .
motherhood of all men . . . .
I too rejoice and praising, bless God,
for you mean more to me than you do to the angels.
You are my mother more truly than you are theirs. And so, congratulations, Mother Mary, on your happiness and honour in Heaven.
Just keep a watchful eye on me so that I may be with you one day, too for ever.
MARY AND HER ROSARY.
O God, whose only-begotten
Son by His life, death, and Resurrection has purchased for us the reward of
eternal life, grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these mysteries in
the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they
contain and obtain what they promise.
- Collect of the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary.
God, whose only-begotten Son by his life, death, and Resurrection has purchased
for us the reward of eternal life
Adam had sinned all hope of Heaven
was lost for each and every one of us . . . .
then and there in the Garden of Eden
God promised a Redeemer . . . .
and Jesus Christ was that Redeemer
Bethlehem and Nazareth,
in His years of preaching . . . .
above all in His Passion . . . .
was made perfect and complete
by His Resurrection and Ascension . . . .
we beseech You, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of
the Blessed Virgin Mary
Rosary is not a mere senseless repetition
of Our Fathers and Hail Marys . . . .
it must be filled with thought . . . .
and it must be crowded with love . . . .
as we pray, Mary Mother turns over the pictures
in the book of the life of Christ
the joyful scenes when her heart was thrilled
as she looked deeper into the mysteries of God . . . .
the Via Dolorosa along which she walked bravely with her son . . . .
the glorious days of His and of her own triumphs . . . .
We may both imitate what they contain
that the joys of life are lawful and will make us saints, if used lawfully . . . .
the sorrows of life are but chips
from the Cross of Christ for our sanctification . . . .
triumphs and happiness beyond the telling await us too,
if we are faithful to the end . . . .
And obtain what they promise
the sanctifying of our joys . . . .
the sweetening of our sorrows . . . .
a greater knowledge of Christ . . . .
a closer union with Him . . . .
a more intimate indwelling of Him in our souls . . . .
and finally companionship with Him and Mother Mary,
ever . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
day in and day out during your life on earth you lived the Rosary. I merely say it. But I want to say it in some slight way as you lived it. So teach me, as a mother would, to say my beads reverently and devoutly and thinkingly; then, indeed I shall imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.
The holy mother of God is lifted up above the choirs of the angels to the heavenly thrones.
- Versicle and Response of the Office of the Assumption.
by her Immaculate Conception . . . .
by her constant concurrence with grace . . . .
by her self-immolating "Be it done to me" . . . .
by her nine months of intimacy with her unborn Child . . . .
her thirty long years of daily familiarity with her Son . . . .
Mother in fullest sense, yet "Virgin undefiled . . . . . .
Mother of the Eternal who became hers in time . . . .
Mother yet creature, too, and utterly dependent on Him . . . .
that is Heaven's answer to her "Behold the handmaid of the Lord . . . .
truly now He that is mighty has done great things to me . . . .
God "has exalted the humble" maid of Galilee,
beyond all the women of the world . . . .
Above the choirs of the angels
above Gabriel, who gave her God's great message . . . .
above Michael, who conquered God's first foes . . . .
above Raphael, who had been God's ministering messenger . . . .
above Seraphim and Cherubim, who stand nearest to God . . . .
for she is
"the Queen of Angels" . . . .
To the Heavenly thrones
next to God the Father, who chose her to be the Mother of His Son . . . .
to God the Son,
who loves her as the sole human cause of His existence as Man . . . .
to God the Holy Ghost, who honours her as His Spouse . . . .
there she reigns as "Queen of Heaven . . . . . .
but she is still our Mother . . . .
and still prays for us . . . .
still watches over us . . . .
because you are in Heaven I sometimes think of you as being far away. But I know that isn't, true. I know you watch over me and guide me more carefully than any earthly mother could; and I am very happy that you do. Please keep on watching over me until the danger of this life is over and I am safe at home with you.
MARY'S PEACE FOR THE WORLD.
Queen of Peace, pray for us. - Litany of Loreto,
Queen of Peace
tranquillity of order,
where there is a place for everything in its place . . . .
where there are no disturbance, no misunderstandings . . . .
Queen of Peace
in her own life when on earth
there was perfect harmony at all times
between all her powers of soul and body . . . .
where grace dominated and perfected nature . . . .
where God reigned supreme . . . .
now in Heaven
where she is Queen of Angels and of Saints . . . .
she is Daughter of the Father,
Mother of the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit . . . .
where, as Queen, she is the dispenser of all the wealth of God . . . .
now on earth
in the hearts of all who really love her
for they have learned increasingly
to hold in check their lower natures . . . .
have constantly attuned their minds
to the mind of God . . . .
and have daily harmonized their wills with His . . . .
in the hearts of those who know her not
reason of her motherly solicitude
to have them become docile children . . . .
reason of the graces that she wins for them
to gain self-conquest . . . .
Pray for us
if ever mankind needed the help of the Queen of Peace,
it needs it now, that we may learn
love in a world of hate . . . .
tranquillity in a world of turmoil . . . .
complete reliance on God in a world that has long forsaken Him . . . .
keep the vision of God and His Heaven steadily before us . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
your soul was pierced by the sword but it was always at peace. Your life was crowded thick with trials and sorrows but they never disturbed the inner depths of your soul. Troubles come to me but unfortunately, they frequently rasp me and irritate me much. That is not right and I ask you to teach me to bring peace into my life. And Mother Mary, - do bring peace soon into the lives of all men that our war-torn world may be restored to peace.
Daughters of Sion, go forth
and see your Queen whom the morning star praises, at whose beauty the sun and
moon marvel, and over whom all the sons of God rejoice.
- Introit of the Mass for Our Lady Queen of All Saints and Mother of Fair Love.
of Sion, go forth
Holy Mother Church, the New Sion, (Zion,) insistently calls on all her children to praise and love Our Mother Mary . . . .
to do this we must "go forth"
from the narrow confines of our selfishness . . . .
from our constant attention to merely earthly things . . . .
earth to Heaven itself . . . .
And see your Queen
Mary is our Queen by every right - but is she our Queen in fact
guiding our minds? . . . .
ruling our wills? . . . .
moulding our lives always on hers? . . . .
Whom the morning star praises, at whose beauty the sun and moon marvel
they would if they had intelligence . . . .
in the language of love, we personify them,
and have them praise and marvel . . . .
for she is worthy of all praise for all her holiness . . . .
her beauty as God's Mother is ravishing . . . .
Over whom all the sons of God rejoice
down through the centuries, we hear the chant of Mary's praises . . . .
for devotion to her is the true mark of every Catholic . . . .
and where do I fit into the picture
Do I sing her praises worthily in my daily Angelus? . . . .
marvel at her beauty as I recall her
in each mystery of the Rosary? . . . .
Do I rejoice over her as her many feast days come around? . . . .
Am I an honour and a credit to her at home? . . . .
in school? . . . .
at work? . . . .
at play? . . . .
Dear Mother Mary,
the morning star and the sun and moon can't really praise you or marvel at your beauty.
But I can; and more than that, since "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," I can reproduce, at least in part, your life in mine.
I should do this and I want to and with your help I am going to try harder than I have ever tried before to grow each day more like you."