Posts Tagged ‘Mary’

“Annunciazione” by Pietro Perugino, ca 1489

We break from our Lenten fast to keep the Solemnity of the Annunciation, when Gabriel delivered God’s message to Mary and she said yes

 Visit Deacon Jim‘s weblog, Servant of the Word, for today’s liturgy and homily


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Long-time readers will remember that I love the litany form.  So to honor one of my favorite saints (I named my first-born after him!), here is a beautiful litany prayer.

(For public or private use.)
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. 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 Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, etc.
Light of patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster father of the Son of God,
Watchful defender of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most valiant,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of workmen,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the afflicted,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,
Lamb of God,Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God,Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God,Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us!
V. He made him the lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray
O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence didst
vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse
of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee,
that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth
may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who lives and
reigns forever and ever. Amen.

For more prayers to St. Joseph:   http://www.tanbooks.com/doct/prayers_joseph.htm

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 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Full of grace.”  So the angel first greets the maiden of Nazareth– only later is she addressed by name.  The sequence reflects the reality of her existence.  Before ever receiving a name, she had been made “full of grace” by a unique act of God that began our liberation from originial sin.  Had Mary not been “full of grace” from her conception, had God not already applied to her the merits to be won by her Son, redemption would have depended on whether an unredeemed human said yes or no. That is, salvation would not depend solely upon God’s grace, but upon the decision of sinful humanity, represented by Mary. Instead, while humanity truly participated in it redemption through Mary’s consent, this happened only because God first had made her “full of grace.”  Thus we are remineded that all good comes from God, who, St. Paul reminds us, “accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will.”  God did this first for Mary, and then with Mary for us all, through Christ our Lord.

From  the Scripture reflections of Fr. James Flint, O.S.B., for Lect. 689, We Celebrate Worship Resource, J.S. Paluch Company, Inc.

[Hail Mary:  Gentle Woman.  For those of you who may be searching for an online version of this wonderful song, try Amie Street found in my list to the right and search for Jon Niven, a wonderful Catholic singer.]

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Okay, I have to make a separate post for these reflections from Sr. Nicolette Etienne’s weblog,  So That In All Things…God May Be Glorified!   Sr. Etienne apparently made all her students Job’s Tears Rosaries which she let them chose.  Then they had them blessed by the pastor.  They then prayed the Rosary together and wrote down their reflections.  These reflections are in several places in her ‘blog, but if you click on the September 2009 archive you will find them all.  They are really too awesome!  Here are a few gems (be sure to find them all):

Receiving a Rosary that was hand made by Sr. Nicolette meant a lot to me. It was nice and calm when we prayed the Rosary in church. It was a good reflection time. When the girls led the Rosary and the guys answered it sounded really nice to me. Having our Rosaries blessed by Fr. Stan made it even more special. Having a blessed Rosary feels good. This Rosary is special for three reasons: 1. Because it is hand made. 2. Because it is my first blessed Rosary. 3. Because I got to pick the Rosary I wanted. Thank you for making the Rosaries for us. It means a whole lot! Thanks once again. (Christian L.) (Kaitlin O.)

Whenever I have my Rosary I remember that Mary is with me. Since my Rosary is blessed it seems more special. When we prayed the Rosary…nothing else really mattered. I knew God was with me. While saying the Hail Marys all my worries were lifted off my shoulders. I prayed for my family and friends. I prayed for the poor and the sick. I felt so much better having prayed for all the people closest to me. I felt even better praying for people who never had anyone to pray for them. The best thing about my Rosary is that it will bring me closer to God!

The Rosary means a lot to me because my great grandmother and myself used to say the Rosary together. She passed away over the summer. Her favorite prayer was the Hail Mary. That is why the Rosary means so much to me. When I chose my Rosary I feel I didn’t just have the Mother Mary there with me but both my great grandmother and Mother Mary! When Father Stan blessed our Rosaries I was filled with joy. It brought back the time I had spent with my great grandmother. Thank you Sister for the beautiful Rosary you made for us. (Samantha A.)

It is my first blessed Rosary…and it is solely mine! I’ll probably put it in my room, in a place where I can see it. It will remind me to pray more and I think I’ll feel safe going to bed at night knowing that Mary and Jesus are with me. I think it will remind me to say a few Hail Marys before bed. My mom has a Rosary from her Aunt Kay. It’s about 105 years old. She keeps it in her treasure chest. I hope to keep this Rosary that long…and to pass it down to my children someday. (Joseph E.)


Catechists!  Let’s all do this for our students!

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My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You. Prayer taught to the Fatima visionaries by the angel in 1916

The 13th Day official movie poster

The 13th Day official movie poster

Tonight was the worldwide premiere of The 13th Day — attendees at 13 locations throughout the US and at the Fatima shrine being blessed to see the movie about the visits of Our Lady at Fatima on the 92nd anniversary of the miracle of the sun.  I had the great privilege to see the film tonight at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI (a church I have mentioned before).   What can I say?  It was profoundly moving.  Very faithful, and faith-filled, beautifully filmed, artistic yet inspiring, reverent, touching (I cried lots!), and poignant. 

I did not know much about the Fatima visits before this movie (other than the revelations of the secrets, particularly as applied to Pope John Paul II).  When I realized from Catholic radio and media that this movie was being released, I deliberately avoided learning more.  I’m glad that I didn’t, as the Miracle of the Sun and the exposition at the end were a great visual and emotional surprise. 

The child actors were incredible, and I do mean that.  (I heard more than a couple comments about them on the way out.)  The expressiveness of each youngster captured the radiance and peace that truly encompassed these children, as the monthly visits progressed and troubles mounted for them and their families.  I think I shall be haunted by memories their luminous eyes, in a good way:  in the way that some movies seem to reach deeply into our psyche and stay there days after the movie credits have rolled.  

The other-worldly gaze of the young, burdened Lucia

The other-worldly gaze of the young, burdened Lucia

You can see trailers of the film at the website and read the review of the movie from the incomparable Steven Greydanus at Decent Films.   Also, Carl Olson at Insight Scoop blog for Ignatius Press ( the U.S. distributor) is asking for comments if you saw the film.  And Ignatius would like you to know that you can arrange a showing of this awesome film at your church or school.  Please consider this, as this film would greatly bless all who watch it.  (Click here for details.)  I know I felt blessed.  May we each be blessed with a fraction of the faith and courage that these children had. 

So, my recommendation is that you see The 13th Day film as soon as you can, bring all your Catholic friends and family and be prepared to be inspired.  I myself said a rosary before bed and again this morning when I learned some of the power that comes through these prayerful meditations and that in fact, Mary has asked it of us with a specific goal in mind.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to Ave Maria Radio, which sponsored the event (and which is still short of its annual fundraising goalhint hint!) as well as Sr. Ann Shields of Renewal Ministries who had the good sense to end the event with a wonderful (and wonderfully direct) prayer–as only Sr. Ann Shields can do it.  If you do not listen to her Food for the Journey program on your radio (click for the schedule!), I advise you to download her podcasts at the Renewal Ministries website or by subscribing the podcast at ITunes.  Her pithy, no-nonsense, call-it-like-it-is Bible study show will bring Scripture alive for you and help you see how even the most obscure Old Testament passage can shine a light on our modern lives and attitude. 

To recap: 
The 13th Day –see it!  host it!
Ave Maria Radio–help it!
Food for the Journey — hear it !


O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy. — Prayer added to the Rosary at the request of Our Lady of Fatima

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