Canticle of Mary, Spouse of God

To start Mary’s month off right, we offer the following from Father Thaddeus with thanks to KIC’s Kindle Edition.

THE SPOUSE OF THE CANTICLE

“I will espouse thee to me in faith, and I will espouse thee to me for ever.” —Osee 2:20.

Solomon’s Canticle of Canticles, is said to be the greatest love story of all times, for it is the story of the Love of God for His Spouse. Of this,  Cornelius a Lapide says that the word “Spouse” may be taken in four different senses:

  1. The humanity of Christ,
  2. The Church,
  3. The Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. The just soul.

As regards its application to our Blessed Lady, he gives the following explanation: “This Canticle may be properly understood of Christ, and of the Blessed Virgin, who shines among the just, as the moon among the stars. The Incarnation of the Word, moreover, and consequently the Espousals of the Church, were performed in her and through her… Let us consider some of the characteristic traits of the Spouse, as found in passages applied to our Blessed Lady by the Church in her Offices. “Thou art all fair, 0 my love, and there is not a spot in thee” (Canticles 4:7). Mary is all fair, yea, the fairest, not only of all human creatures, but even if compared to the Angels. And there is in her no spot of either guilt or pain of sin, whether original, mortal, or venial. This is the sentiment of the whole Church, expressed by the Council of Trent.

Long before that time, St. Augustine, having said that all mankind, even the just, are subject to venial sin, adds: “Except the Blessed Virgin Mary, of whom there can be no question when we speak of sin, for the sake of the honour due to the Lord.” Hence the words: “Thou art all fair, and there is not a spot in thee,” are applied to Mary alone, by Rupertus, St. Ildefonse, and many others. “I am black but beautiful, 0 ye daughters of Jerusalem” (Canticles 1:4). Our Blessed Lady is a daughter of Adam, who sinned, and by his sin contaminated his whole posterity. Mary did not contract this general infection but, being a child of our common father, she appeared exteriorly black, meaning as the daughter of a sinner.

In herself, however, she was beautiful by the fullness of grace. The Blessed Virgin was black through her humility, which made her wish to appear like other women. She came to the Temple to be purified like other mothers. But interiorly she was most pure and clean, and her humility made her the more acceptable and beautiful in the eyes of God. This text may also be very aptly applied to our Blessed Lady at the time of the Passion of her Divine Son. She was then the Mother of Sorrows and, the Sun of Justice being darkened, so did Mary, the heavenly moon, also grow dim by the martyrdom of her soul.

In these words: “I am black,” we may thus see the Blessed Virgin depicted attired in mourning, contemplating the sufferings of Jesus Christ When our dear Saviour suffered and died, Mary suffered and, in a certain manner, died with Him, through the greatness of her love. She could then truly say, “I am black, I am darkened; my beloved Son suffers and is despised: I must suffer and be despised with Him.” “How beautiful art thou, and how comely, my dearest, in delights!” (Canticles 7:6)

“Thou art all beautiful and sweet in thy delights, O holy Mother of God!

There is in the whole creation nothing so beautiful, so comely, or so delightful as the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hence the Church sings in our Lady’s Office the following antiphon taken from this text: “Thou art all beautiful and sweet in thy delights, O holy Mother of God!” At the consideration of these words, Hailgrinus exclaims: “How beautiful art thou in thy Maternity, how comely in thy Virginity, how admirable in both united!” How great must have been the delights of the Blessed Virgin, when she embraced Jesus the Son of God; when she fed Him Who feeds the angels, for she was conscious of the Divine mysteries and of her privileges. She knew that she was the Mother of God, our Saviour, and this knowledge filled her soul with ineffable delights.

“When the king was at his repose, my spikenard sent forth the odor thereof” (Canticles 1:11). When the Son of God was yet in the bosom of His eternal Father, He smelt the sweet odor of the spikenard, or balsam of the nardus—plant, that is, of the humility of the Blessed Virgin, and attracted thereby, He descended from heaven. “Humility,” says Rupertus, “is the repose of the mind, and whosoever finds this virtue, finds rest of the soul. I (the Mother of God) sought this rest in all things, and the King, smelling the aromatic odor of this my spikenard, looked, and saw that He could rest in the stillness, that is, in the humility, of my heart. Then He descended from the eternal throne of His repose, and rested in my tabernacle; and, being the Lord of all things, He became the Son of His handmaid.”

The King of Glory took His repose in Mary in the Incarnation. And how often did He rest in her arms when a Child! “Sleep, Holy Babe, upon Thy Mother’s breast! Great Lord of earth, and sea, and sky, How sweet it is to see Thee lie In such a place of rest.” How pleasing must then have been the odor of her purity, her humility, and all her other virtues to the King of humility, the God of the humble! “I sought Him, whom my soul loveth: I sought Him, and found Him not. I will rise, and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways I will seek Him whom my soul loveth” (Canticles 3:1).

Rupertus and others apply these words to our Blessed Lady, when she had lost Jesus in Jerusalem. Great indeed, as St. Alphonsus remarks, must have been the grief of this afflicted Mother, who went about in every direction, asking with the Spouse in the Canticle: “Have you seen Him, whom my soul loveth?” (Canticles 3:3) But she could hear no tidings of Him. With how much more tenderness must Mary, oppressed with fatigue and grief in looking for her Son, and unable to find Him, had repeated what Ruben said of his brother Joseph: “‘The boy doth not appear, and whither shall I go?’” (Genesis 37:30) My Jesus doth not appear, and I know not what to do in order to find Him; but where shall I go without my treasure?”

What, asks St. Bonaventure, could avail the comfort which her friends and relations endeavored to give her? Can aught compensate for the loss of Jesus? The Blessed Virgin, finding her search fruitless, addressed herself to God, her constant refuge, and sole consolation, saying, “0 God, my Father, my eternal Lord, Thou didst grant me Thine own beloved Son; I, alas, have lost Him, and do not know where to find Him! O, restore Him to me again! Look on the greatness of my affliction! Return, 0 Jesus, to Thy Mother, or let me know where Thou art! My dearest Son, do not delay to come back to me, for Thou art my joy and all my hope, and without Thee I cannot live.”

Such must have been Mary’s sentiments when she had lost Jesus, and sought Him sorrowing, until at length she found the object of her desires, the Beloved of her soul. “Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it” (Canticles 8:7). By these “many waters,” we may understand the sorrows, tribulations, privations, and all the trials of this life. The Blessed Virgin has suffered more than the martyrs, of whom she is therefore the Queen. She suffered with her Divine Son, and on His account she died, as it were, with Him on the Cross; and the memory of His torments caused her during the remainder of her life the most intense grief. She also felt in her heart the sufferings of the disciples and faithful, of whom she was the most affectionate Mother. But all these afflictions, far from quenching her charity, rather fed and augmented it, to the end of her mortal life.

We also have to suffer, we also must be tried. Let our sufferings never extinguish our charity. Let us rather say with St Paul: “Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? But all these things we overcome because of him that hath loved us” (Romans 8:35). If these are our sentiments, our souls shall, in imitation of our Blessed Lady, also be the spouses of our Lord. And if we are faithful to our heavenly Bridegroom now, we shall celebrate with Him an eternal marriage feast in a better life.

Rev. F.. Mary Thaddeus,  “Foreshadowed: Considerations on the Types and Figures of Our Blessed Lady in the Old Testament, . KIC. Kindle Edition.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee!
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

The Necessary Devotion

 

But still not done . . .

Each year we discuss the necessity of obeying the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ who asked us for a small favor 102 years ago. Most Catholics have not found the time to do this, perhaps they are too busy with other, more important things; I don’t know but it’s getting a little tiresome, year after year to watch the awful disintegration of the structures of the faith and folks still cannot grasp the concept that when God commands us, He intends that we obey. Look at our sidebar’s recommended reading. First, there is an article about the “religion of peace” slaughtering Catholics in Sr Lanka, then there is an article about Communist Chinese persecuting Catholics in China, I could have also added an article about liberal governments throughout the world slaughtering babies in the wombs of their moms.

More than a century after our popes refused to honor Our Lady’s request, Christianity, and especially the Holy Catholic Church, is losing on every front. The pitiful apostates running the Church cannot see their way clear to obey — they are too far gone in the subterranean depths of depravity — they cannot do what is needed until we, the faithful, by our penances and prayers, make reparation for these grave insults to God and His beloved emissary, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The confusion of minds today has increased to the point that Catholics may no longer be able to obey. And so this post is not for them but for those of you reading this, I hope you will consider trying even harder this year to help someone return to Fatima, come keep Our Lady company, make your First Saturdays of Reparation and by the grace of God, pass  this devotion on to others.

No one else will help us, so we must try even harder to save souls by bringing them to First Saturdays. This coming Saturday we begin the First Saturdays of the Fatima cycle: May, June, July, August and September. Then we do October, the Sixth First Saturday as a little something extra, a gift of thanksgiving. It’s a beautiful way to tell our Blessed Mother we love her!

Note on 6 May, 2019: After I posted this article, a friend and long-time reader forwarded me a newsletter from an apostolate, Catholic Action for Faith and Family that is associated with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. The newsletter is quite polished and obviously an expensive, sophisticated effort. I won’t say slick, because I do not intend to be derogatory. It uses some highly charged terms and phrases in order to draw the faithful in; such as,  “Operation Storm Heaven”, “Rosary Warriors”, and promises to “spread the Light of Truth”, “we will unveil the mystery of the Three Secrets of Fatima”, and manages to avoid dwelling on the hard truths. The Novena prayers for each day tend to rely on quotes from Cardinal Burke instead of using the appropriate quote from Our Lady. While there is a glancing mention that the Fist Saturdays of Reparation were not done, for some reason, Cardinal burke simply leaves it there, and continues to promote his “Rosary Warriors” initiative of Rosary and Holy Mass on the first day of each month. As I asked before, “Why, Cardinal Burke can you not lead the faithful to the devotion Our Lady asked for? Why not First Saturdays of Reparation?”

I do not feel up to contending against someone as august as Cardinal Burke and so will just say that until we storm heaven with our. proof that we are obeying all that heaven has asked of us, and most urgently the First Saturdays of Reparation and her real, true Rosary with her requested prayers, we are not very likely to please her or or Our Good Lord who sent her to us.

On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,, 

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” …  “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” …  Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

And then, the following month, after showing them the  the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:

You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.  The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

To prevent this I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité , in Volume II of the Whole Truth About Fatima quotes Sister Lúcia of Fatima’s recollection (given in the third person):

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.

At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Holy Virgin said: “Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces,  promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).

Frère Michel continues, “the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”

The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen  Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.

Then, just a few years before Our Lady came to Fatima, St. Pius X, on June 13, 1912,  granted generous new indulgences for the Devotion of Reparation on the First Saturdays of the month, in order to “promote the piety of the faithful towards Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, and to make reparation for the outrages done to Her holy Name and Her privileges by impious men”.  On November 13, 1920, St. Pius’s successor, Benedict XV granted new indulgences to this practice when accomplished for eight consecutive months.

And so we see that when Our Lady requested that the Pope solemnly approve of this devotion and promote it,  she was not seeking the impossible, but merely adding precision and simplifying  an established devotion. And yet, since 1925, no pope whatsoever has obeyed this very simple request.

Pope Benedict XV was succeeded by Pope Pius XI who did much to proclaim the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ. But this pope pointedly ignored Sister Lúcia and her efforts to call the true message of Fatima to his attention.  His efforts to broker peace failed dismally and his aid to the Russian people only served to assist Stalin’s hellish communism in its stranglehold on the enslaved Russian people.

We shall see in another post very soon how Pius XI’s misguided actions  were the trigger for Our Lady’s return, in 1929 to  ask for the Consecration of Russia, which he also ignored, thus contributing to Russia’s spreading of its errors, and causing the loss of untold numbers of souls.

Pope Pius XII also did not establish the Devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation as Our Lady requested. Much is made of his failure to Consecrate Russia, but the establishment of First Saturdays was easily within his reach and consequently, it is inexcusable that this was not done for fully 35 years until 1960, when all became clearer with John XXIII’s open defiance of the request of the Mother of God.

John Paul II, whom many today call “Great” and “Saint” added to the betrayal by  refusing to promote the simple and profoundly merciful devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation, and promoting instead the false  “Divine Mercy” devotion and the “Luminous” mysteries, knowing full well that every DM chaplet recited was a rosary denied to Our Lady, and every recitation of the Luminous Mysteries supplanted one of Our Lady’s venerable mysteries, thus falsely pitting the two Sacred Hearts against each other.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are not vying with one another for our attention! Those who attempt to set the one against the other are offending both Hearts deeply.

At Fulda, John Paul gave his reasons for not revealing the Third Secret, When asked why the Third Secret was not revealed, the Pope responded:

“Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves.  On the other hand, it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this, if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something  to be so much desired.”

Thus, the pope showed that he placed human considerations ahead of trust and obedience to God. He also never gave a clear explanation for why he refused to promote the First Saturdays asked for by Our Lady. If he was truly the devout Marian pope he professed to be, why did he refuse Our Lady this small favor she had asked for?

Our Popes have not obeyed Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays of Reparation, our Bishops have not promoted this devotion (for the most part) neither have the majority of Novus Ordo Catholics. But now, more than ever, we few faithful can and must obey Our Lady’s request in this, the centenary year of the apparitions, miracle and message of Fatima.

Soon, we will have an opportunity that will never come again. The First Saturday of May, that is, May 6th, will present the opportunity to observe Our Lady’s long-requested First Saturdays from May through September in the Centenary of her apparitions at Fatima. Then, October 7th, we can give her one extra First Saturday, just because we, her true children love her so much! What a lovely spiritual bouquet for the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts! What a blessing to be able to prepare for the momentous date of October 13, 2017! Please make every effort to perform this devotion!

For more information on First Saturdays of Reparation, please see our earlier post: First Saturdays of Reparation.

Thank you for reading. Please encourage others to make the essential First Saturdays of Reparation between now and October 13.

  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

 Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

The Annunciation and the Incarnation, 2019

 

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, in which Our Lord introduces to us His Mother, and shows us her loveliness, her excellent virtues and her unique stature before the Holy Trinity. Thus, He shows us the model for our lives; “Here is My Mother”, He says, “see, we shall have the same Mother. She will teach you the virtues necessary to advance toward union with Me, so that we may rejoice together in heaven.”

Nestled within the feast of the Annunciation is the feast of the Incarnation of our Savior. The Annunciation carries within it the humility and obedience of Jesus and Mary, Who are our models for perfect, loving obedience, even unto death. And this obedience begins with the humble obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

In the Gospel of St Luke, the Holy Spirit reveals the unique importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in God’s plan of Salvation for us. Let’s see what He tells us:

Luke, Chapter 1, 26-35. “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end.” And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

 

In this Gospel, God Himself is introducing to us the delightful creature He loves above all others, this Mary whom He chose from all time to be the most pure and holy Mother of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. God used as His messenger the Angel Gabriel whose name means Power of God. By this name He emphasizes that all of this, the Annunciation, the Incarnation which began our salvation, all of this is by and through the power of God.

And what does God tell us about Mary? Gabriel salutes Mary most respectfully, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women”. You can search the Bible cover to cover and never find a more respectful message from any angelic messenger. This is because, as the Gospel tells us, Mary is truly filled with grace, exempt from even original sin, and full of God’s sanctifying grace.

Note that the very first words of Mary, recorded in this Gospel are, How shall this be done, because I know not man?”  Why these words? Could it be that God wishes to emphasize to us the importance of Mary’s generous sacrifice to live her life in the utmost chastity and purity, foregoing the honors and pleasures of children? At that time, Jewish women were honored to be mothers of many children and to forego children was a tremendous sacrifice. Unlike today, in those times to be a “barren woman” was a reproach. Thus we know that Mary’s generous and sacrificial heart was most pleasing to Our Father. Her words also exemplify her great prudence. Today, prudence is a virtue held in low esteem by most Catholic leaders, who feel compelled to burst forth with every banal thought that crosses their minds. This Blessed Virgin, in contrast, first assured that Gabriel understood that she was and always will be, a virgin consecrated to God alone.

Whereas Eve, the first “Woman”, withdrew herself from her Creator in order to seek what she perceived to be her own good, Mary, the “Woman” of the New Testament, yielded herself totally to God, allowing Him to fill her with His life, thus she is “full of grace”. The virtues shown by these simple verses illustrate Mary’s perfect love of God, her total consecration to Him, her purity and her perseverance in keeping her vow.

Mary’s prudent question brought forth Gabriel’s reply, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which will be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Mary’s response was immediate, “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word.” With these words, the Most Blessed Virgin shows us humility and obedience, the two virtues so essential to combat the vices passed on to us of Eve’s pride and disobedience. In another post, I described these virtues as the “working virtues” because they are so necessary in our everyday struggle to live our lives in constant union with the Holy Family.

Sister Lucia of Fatima assures us that Jesus is the very best of Sons, and loves her and those who honor her. Today is an excellent time to renew our Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. By the way, do you know who made the first consecration to Mary? Was it St. Louis de Montfort? St. Dominic? No.

. . . Think harder. . .

. . . Give up?

It was our Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who chose Mary for His Mother. From this humble virgin of Nazareth He took the flesh and blood of His mortal life, the very body and blood with which He wrought our salvation. The body of Christ scourged for our sins, pierced for our transgressions, the precious blood poured out for us on Calvary’s cross, He took from Mary. To her He entrusted His earthly life, living within her virginal womb, beneath her immaculate heart. Through her, He baptized and consecrated St. John the Baptist; through her He performed His first miracle.  And with His dying words, He entrusted us to her, commanding Her to be our Mother and us to be her children.

It is fitting that the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins with the beautiful Mystery of the Annunciation, for with it began our salvation. Mary’s generous “Yes!”, opened the portal through which Our Lord wrought our salvation. Thus, her obedience preceded His most perfect obedience. And so, the Annunciation and the Incarnation are inseparable, as are Jesus and Mary, those two hearts forever united!

Hymn at Matins
The Lord whom earth and sea and sky
With one adoring voice proclaim
Who rules them all in majesty
Enclosed Himself in Mary’s frame.

Lo! In a humble Virgin’s womb
O’ershadowed by almighty power
He whom the stars and sun and moon
Each serve in their appointed hour.

O Mother blest! To whom was given
Within your body to contain
The architect of earth and heaven
Whose hands the universe sustain.

To thee was sent an angel down,
In thee the Spirit was enshrined,
Of thee was born that mighty One,
The long desired of all mankind.

O Jesus! Born of Virgin bright
To Thee immortal glory be!
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally!
Amen.

Please, don’t forget your Consecration! See in sidebar.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all those who serve him!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies.

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On the Eve of the Annunciation, 2019

 

Today, the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation,  we conclude our Novena. And again we share the popular poem for the Annunciation by peregrine, a reader/contributor.

 

                 Annunciation

Hail Mary, Temple of the Trinity!

        Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

Art thou astonished at His deference?

Fear not, for thou hast found grace with God.
             Thou shalt conceive … and bring forth a Son
                               Thou shalt call His name Jesus.

How shall it be?
          (Mindful of thy chastity)

And yet . . . it is thy purity draws Him down
Captivated by thy pure and humble love
                Thy Creator awaits at the door of thy will,

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee
          . . .  the most High shall overshadow thee . . .
                        the Holy born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

His will is clear
          . . . moved by His will alone . . .

Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done unto me…

The Architect of earth and heaven
                    Thus closed Himself in thy pure frame.
At thy “fiat” the Almighty Word
               leapt down from heaven
                              The Sword of Truth wrought death to death,
Obedient, He vanquished disobedient pride.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,

peregrine, March 25, 2004

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Novena for the Annunciation, 2019

 

On March 25 we will honor Our Lady on her Feast of the Annunciation. For some years now, our readers have also been renewing our Total Consecrations to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To prepare, we offer this lovely Novena. If you start it tomorrow, March 16th, you will finish on March 24, the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We post it today to give you time to diary it. We will be praying it for the repentance and re-conversion of those who have fallen from the faith and are in persistent sin, most especially for those in our families and those in the leadership of the Church.   May our Most Merciful Mother hear our supplications and offer them to her Son in the chalice of her Immaculate Heart.

Novena for the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I greet you, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power! I greet you, Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners!

Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me from your dear Son the favor I request in this novena:

(mention your request).

Obtain for me also, Queen of Heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg you to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.

Do not reject my petitions, Mother of Mercy! Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death. Amen.

To be prayed before the daily Rosary. A suggestion is to unite the prayers of this Novena with prayers for the Holy Father and the hierarchy that they repent, do penance and return to the faith. The Annunciation reminds us of the necessity of purity, humility and obedience, all those virtues which are mocked, despised or simply treated with scornful indifference by the church leaders today.

Thank you for reading. May God grant you all a blessed and fruitful Lent. 

  Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, crush satan’s head and drive him from the Church!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

  St. Joseph, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

  Pray the Rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!

~ posted by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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Follow the Logic, Part II

 

Wherein we double down on our least popular of all our posts…

In our previous post, “Follow the Logic, if you can”, we were critical of Bishop Athanasius Schneider for his stance of proposing yet another ineffectual “solution” to this awful crisis of the faith. To the extent that respected Church leaders such as the good Bishop of Astana ignore the only real solution, we are being driven even further along the way of a horrific chastisement.

To date, no reader has agreed with my stance. It becomes clear that readers are content that our few “traditional” leaders simply mouth the same platitudes and continue to ignore the only real means we have been given to avert the ongoing auto-demolition of the faith.

I did receive one suggestion that if I am so displeased with Bishops Schneider’s solutions I should offer my own. This despite six years of doing just that. All right then, a final note:

The very first message of Our Lady at Fatima was for us faithful to be  “willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?” … “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

This is a fundamental message to all Catholics, laity and priests of all hierarchies, even to the top. The continued defiance of this basic request is astounding in its effrontery to God.

The second visit brought the second request “(Jesus) wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” It was accompanied by the sweet motherly promise, “Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” and was followed by the vision of her offering  her Immaculate Heart. Lucia explained that the vision enlightened them to understand that “this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

Since then, we have seen popes establish devotions which distract and detract from devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but not one instance of a Pope establishing the requested Five First Saturdays of Reparation. What Pope has instituted the simple decade prayer Our Lady asked for?

How many Bishops have banded together and petitioned the Pope for the institution of the First Saturdays of Reparation? Why is that?

How many Bishops have gone personally to their churches of their dioceses and taught the people the importance of the reparatory message of Fatima? How many have preached the need for true contrition, for the prayers requested, that is, the Rosary, the decade prayer, the little sacrifice prayer, ‘O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ 

If our Bishops would teach the faithful who are entrusted to them the truths of the faith, there would be a wonderful deluge of graces for them and for all the faithful. But as it is, Catholics today seem to have settled into a tepidity that is content with much less, perhaps because it demands next to nothing from them.

On the other hand, I am so unfortunate as to be the one to remind you all that we all must return to true devotion to the Immaculate heart of Mary and must be “willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?” … “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

There is much information in the four pages and 838 posts here. But there seems to be no further point in my continued reiteration of the same ignored message. I recall the scriptural injunction “for him who has ears to hear”. Do you remember the context for that quote? It was from St. Luke’s gospel, a quote from Our Lord Jesus Christ:

“So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple.
Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither profitable for the land nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
(Luke 14, 33-35)

 

After the Summit, 2019

 

After such knowledge, what forgiveness?

 

Recently, we discussed the vanishing possibility of repentance (here) for the wretched men who have usurped power in the Church.  We suggested that Our Lady’s prophecy at Akita, “If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them”  might well be applied to this time of stubborn persistence in grievous sin. 

The following will not be read by those who could profit most, for as we wrote in our earlier post, they are hardened in their conviction that their perverted lifestyles are sufficient unto themselves. Like dung beetles they have formed their own paradises from filth and are content there, spurning the Light, spurning His grace and His truth. 

No matter how vast the indifference of the world, the truth remains and it is most clearly grasped in the Mysteries of the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary occurred over 2,000 years ago, and in fact, are with us still. For those who take the trouble to look, He is there in the garden and still He prays in anguish for us, knowing that we, His own, His beloved,  betray Him still. Only now, instead of in an olive grove, He is in abandoned tabernacles, ignored even by His own who are consecrated to Him. The blows of His scourging resound through the millennia. Attend with your heart!

No? You cannot perceive it? Kneel then with Mary, Queen of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Ask her to help you, not for you to see this vision, but to know it with her mind and heart. When once you know, really know in your inmost being, these awful blows upon His innocent back, on His poor shoulders, you will always feel, never not feel them reverberating through your deepest being, with every blasphemy against Him, with every attack on His Sacrament of Love, every sneer at Him or most especially at His beloved Mother.

Was ever a sorrow like unto mine?
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed.

 

You must enter this way. Do not delay. The fact that very few will read this is all the more of a responsibility for those who do! Why are you here? What did you expect? After 2,000 years of His Passion, of His loving reparation, what have we done? What response from us? What are you doing? You cannot serve Him now unless you are united with Mary, become heart of her Immaculate Heart, mind completely united with her mind, which is always in union with Him.

There is nothing left to us but this Passion and Death. It can only be accomplished through Mary with her children. If we fail to grasp this, fail to act on it, there will be no forgiveness. We have this knowledge and with it comes this Cross.

The Sorrowful Mysteries are essential now. Do not try to visualize them, as people who have been too long immersed in television and movies do. If you ask Our Lady, she will enlighten your heart and your mind, and you will know these mysteries. That must be your goal. Now the first three Sorrowful are about Reparation for concupiscence* of the eyes, concupiscence of the flesh and the pride of life, and once you enter fully into their meaning, you may pass on to the last two which are your own Way of the Cross. You must accompany the Lord and His Holy Mother on this way. It is the only way.

To understand the Sorrowfuls we turn to the Mother Our Lord has given us: Only with Mary, she alone shared every moment of His Passion with Him, uniting her will with His, adoring Him for us. She did not sleep through His time of agony, for her pure heart was joined with His – those two hearts are united still! Only she can take you there, to the Garden, and on the rocky path to the Place of the Skull. She will share with you her sorrow as she held Him, once His life had ebbed away, indeed, she holds you now, with Him. Trust her! You cannot do one thing worthwhile except for this. This is everything. Trust Mary.

* For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2, 16)

Soon, it will be too late. Trust Mary. She awaits us now.

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

† O Virgin Most Sorrowful, Mother of Mercy, intercede for us now and at the hour of our death!

† Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Save our priests!

† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our church.

 

~ by evensong for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

 

Quinquagesima, 2019

“The Cross is suffering viewed in the supernatural light of faith as an instrument of salvation and sanctification, and therefore, as an instrument of love.”

This year we have again the opportunity to suffer with Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows as we all endure this increasingly poignant Passion of the Church. We offer again our post from years gone by with our prayers for a holy and fruitful Lent for you all.

Today, Quinquagesima Sunday, we prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6. As always, we look to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our true Mother to inspire us and guide us this holy season of repentance.

The Passion of the Church

Although Our Lord’s own chosen Apostles fled His Passion, no one could keep the Woman away. Unlike the sentimental pictures which sometimes show Mary fainting at the foot of the Cross, Mary stood there, intent on sharing every excruciating detail of the ignominy her beloved Son suffered. Just as she had freely chosen to become His Mother, she chose to behold Him tortured from head to foot and torn from her by the cruelest of deaths. She not only accepted this, she offered this; this sharing in His Passion, sharing even in His death, uniting Their hearts forever for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and in loving reparation for the sins of men, for our sins, for my sins.

Mary’s heart, like Christ’s whole crushed and bruised being , was transformed with anguish by the sins of mankind … Mary became the Queen of martyrs because, after Jesus, she has endured the greatest martyrdom of heart … her sufferings are fruitful for us in a way that we can scarcely suspect…(from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, “Mary, the Model of Reparation”).

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen tells us,

“The sacrifice of Jesus became Mary’s sacrifice not only because Mary offered it together with Jesus, and in Him, offered her own Son, but also because by this offering she completed the most profound holocaust of herself, since Jesus was the center of her affections and of her whole life. God, Who had given her this Divine Son, asked on Calvary for a return of His gift, and Mary offered Jesus to the Father with all the love of her Immaculate Heart in complete adherence to the divine will.”  …

“Let us contemplate Mary’s sorrows, sympathise with her and ask her for the invaluable grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus. Let us remember that this participation is not meant to be merely sentimental — even though this sentiment is good and holy — but it must lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary. The sufferings God sends us have no other purpose.

“The sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter; her maternal example encourages us to suffer (with her) and makes the road to Calvary easier. Let us go then with Mary, to join Jesus on Golgotha; let us go with her to meet our own cross, and sustained by her, let us embrace it willingly, uniting it with her Son’s Cross.” (Divine Intimacy)

From Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity:

“You are there, O Mary, at the foot of the Cross, standing in strength and courage; and my Master says to me, ‘Ecce mater tua’. Behold your Mother. He gives you to me for my Mother! And now that He has returned to His Father, and has put me in His place on the Cross so that I may fill up in my flesh for His Body, which is the Church, you are still there, O Mary, to teach me to suffer as He did, to let me hear the last song of His soul which no one but you, O Mother, could overhear.”

It is only when we take His place, accepting the Cross, that we can share the thoughts of her sorrowful heart, and it is from the Cross that we can see heaven. 

 

The Tears of Our Sorrowful Mother

Hail, countless and bitter tears from thy eyes, O Mary, tears of compassion for thy Son, our Savior crucified! May all thy children revere them, all sinners flee to them for refuge, for they spring from thy Sorrowful Heart.

O Mother of Sorrows! Merciful Mother! Even as His Precious Blood flowed, so did thy tears, made bitter by the indifference of thy children who spurn thy Son and Savior’s precious gift.

O burning tears, beautiful, loving tears, which move the angels to pity and touch the heart of the Eternal Father! Soften my hard heart and move it to true sorrow for my sins which cause thy tears!

Holy Tears, wash me! Bitter tears, purify me! Gentle tears, soften my heart! Burning tears inflame my heart! Merciful tears, rich in grace, heal and strengthen me with grace!

O most gentle, sorrowful Mother, sharing thy Son’s passion, mingling thy tears with His precious blood, I beseech thee, grant me the grace of tears and heartfelt contrition for my sins. Grant that I may shed repentant tears over my sins which cause Him such cruel suffering.

O most merciful Virgin, offer thy bitter tears to the Eternal Father in reparation for my tepidity and hardness of heart. Through their merit, obtain mercy for me and pardon for all my sins.

Grant, O dearest Mother, at the hour of death, just one of thy precious tears to cleanse my soul of sin. Amen.

And now, at this time, in this place, we stand with our Sorrowful Mother at the crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. We are not here to faint away, overcome with despair! We will be strong as our Mother is strong. Although on our own we lack that strength, in her we find the grace and virtues we need.

Perhaps you would like:

The Message of Fatima for the Post-Synodal Church

Mary’s Promise, 2017

Pray the Rosary – Many souls depend upon it!

   Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, obtain for us by your loving intercession the grace and courage to persevere in the coming trials of faith.
 Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
 St. Joseph, terror of demons, protect our priests!
 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

For more on the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, including the Seven Sorrows Devotion, see our earlier post,  Our Lady of Sorrows, 2014.

~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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The Purification of the the Blessed Virgin 2019

 

The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the oldest in the Church and this year it falls on a First Saturday of Reparation. For those who have not begun making their First Saturdays, now is a great opportunity to start.

The feast of the Purification of Mary is also the feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, and both rites were observed in order to fulfill Mosaic Law; that is to say, this venerable old feast is all about obedience! The obedience of Mary, the most pure and perfect example of God’s creation humbly submitting to the ancient Mosaic Law of purification, and the Divine Infant, truly God as well as truly man, submitting in utmost humility to the Mosaic Law, consecrating God to God as it were.

As we consider the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Child in the Temple, we note that it is in their actions, that is to say, in their choices, that we learn the essential truths of our faith and begin to grasp the significance of the choices we ourselves are required to make. For humility demands obedience, and wherever we see true obedience, there is humility in action.

It was a common sight in those days to see proud young fathers and mothers present their first born sons in the great Temple of Jerusalem. There was perhaps, little to distinguish the Holy Family as they brought in their infant Son, wending their way through the throng of devout Jews. However, in stark contrast to the other women  offering their sons, Mary’s consecration of Jesus under the Old Law was to be consummated on the altar of the Cross, the turning point in salvation history, fulfilling the Old Law and beginning the New Law. Thus, Mary’s offering was, on this day, nothing less than the obedient acceptance of the complete oblation of the Sacred Victim, her beloved Son.

For God so loved His creation that in order to save men from their sins, He spared not even His own beloved Son but delivered Him up to save us all, as St. Paul reminds us. God’s justice demanded that the Blessed Virgin Mary know in full every aspect of the sacrifice that was demanded of her innocent Son. This was, as St. Francis de Sales reminds us, so that “together with the sacrifice of the life of the Son, the heart of the mother might be sacrificed also. … although Mary, from the moment she was made mother of Jesus, gave her consent to His death, yet the Lord wished her on this day to make in the Temple a solemn sacrifice of herself, by offering solemnly her Son, and sacrificing to the divine justice His precious life.”

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Novena for the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We offer this Novena today to begin  it tomorrow, January 24 and finish on the Vigil of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for those of us who would like to renew our Consecrations on her feastday.

Please note that each day’s prayers conclude with the God the Shepherd Prayer for the Pope. This is because we really do need to pray for this benighted man. Saint Jacinta of Fatima stressed the need for us to pray for the Pope and I believe that when we pray for this poor man, it pleases Our Lady so much. I hope you will consider it.

Each day, we begin with:

Come, Holy Ghost
Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost; grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

First Day:

Most holy Mary, bright Mirror of all virtues, the forty days after thy delivery were no sooner past than thou, though the purest of all virgins, didst will to be presented in the Temple to be purified according to the Law; Grant that we by imitating thee, may keep our hearts unstained by sin, that so we too may be made worthy one day to be presented to our God in Heaven.

Ave Maria

Litany of Loreto
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, 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, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of Virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us.
Mother most Pure, pray for us.
Mother most Chaste, pray for us.
Mother Inviolate, pray for us.
Mother Undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most Amiable, pray for us.
Mother most Admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good Counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Virgin most Prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most Venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most Renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most Powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most Merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most Faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of Justice, pray for us.
Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our Joy, pray for us.
Spiritual Vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of Honor, pray for us.
Singular Vessel of Devotion, pray for us.
Mystical Rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of Ivory, pray for us.
House of Gold, pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant, pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, pray for us.
Morning Star, pray for us.
Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Refuge of Sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of the Family, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Grant, we beg Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

V. Thou gavest birth without loss of thy virginity.
R. Intercede for us, O holy Mother of God.
Let us pray.
O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, Thou hast bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beg Thee, that we may know the effects of her intercession, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son. Who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. R. Amen.

God the Shepherd
O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, graciously look down upon Thy servant Pope Francis, whom Thou hast chosen to be the pastor of Thy Church; and grant him, we beseech Thee, both by word and example, so to direct those over whom Thou hast placed him, that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may attain eternal life. O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all holiness, hear the prayers of Thy Church, and grant that what we ask in faith we may effectually obtain. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Day:

Come, Holy Ghost, as above.

Virgin most obedient, at thy Presentation in the Temple, thou didst willingly offer the customary sacrifice of women; enable us so to follow thine example, that we may become a living sacrifice to God, by practising every virtue.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Third Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most pure, thou didst despise the reproach of men whilst observing the precept of the Law; intercede for us that we may always to keep our hearts pure, despite what the world may think of us.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Fourth Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most holy, by offering thy Son, the Divine Word, to His Eternal Father, thou didst gladden the Court of Heaven; present our poor hearts to God, that by His grace they may always be kept free from mortal sin.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Fifth Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most humble, by placing thy Son Jesus in the arms of holy old Simeon, thou didst fill His soul with heavenly joy; place our hearts in God’s loving care, that He may fill them with Holy Ghost.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Sixth Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most diligent, in ransoming thy Son Jesus according the Law, thou didst cooperate in the salvation of the world; ransom now our poor hearts from the slavery of sin, that they may be ever pure before the sight of God.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Seventh Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most meek, on hearing the prophecy of Simeon foretelling thy woes, thou didst humbly resign thyself to the good pleasure of God; make us always resigned to the dispositions of His Providence, and enable us to bear all troubles with patience.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Eighth Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most compassionate, when through thy divine Son thou didst fill the soul of Anna the prophetess with light, thou didst make her magnify the mercies of God by recognizing Jesus as the Redeemer of the world: enrich our souls with heavenly grace, that we may share the fruit of the divine redemption.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

 

Ninth Day:

Come, Holy Ghost

Virgin most resigned, although thou didst feel thine own soul transfixed with sorrow, foreseeing all the bitter Passion of thy Son, yet knowing the grief of Joseph thy Spouse for all thy sufferings, thou didst console him with holy words; pierce through and through our souls with true sorrow for our sins, that we may one day come to rejoice with thee in everlasting bliss.

Ave Maria.

Litany of Loreto

God, the Shepherd

V. Simeon received an answer from the Holy Spirit.
R. That he should not see death until he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

Let us pray:

Almighty, everlasting God, we pray Thy majesty, that as Thine only begotten Son was presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so Thou wouldst enable us to present ourselves before Thee with clean hearts. Amen

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Thank you for reading. Please continue to pray for our priests!