“Mondays with Mary” – Litany of the Mater Dolorosa

Last week’s “Mondays with Mary” focused on The Method of Praying the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa. I took the time to explain the history of the rosary to you a bit as well as the traditions of it throughout the course of Church history. Along with the history, I also provided you the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. It is the Seven Sorrows that should be prayed using the Seven Sorrows Rosary. To purchase a rosary, I have provided up-to-date links for you.

For this week, I provide you with the Litany of the Mater Dolorosa. After reciting the rosary, this litany should be recited connecting the two.

If you didn’t get the chance to read last week’s “Mondays with Mary”, I would encourage you to read that one first and then come back to read/pray the Litany of the Mater Dolorosa. In a sense, this is part two of last week’s blog post.

Pieta by William Adolphe Bouguereau  (1876).

Pieta by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1876).

Lord , have mercy…Lord , have mercy 

Christ, have mercy…Christ have mercy

 Lord have mercy…Lord have mercy

Christ hear us…Christ hear us,

Christ graciously 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 (repeat for all)

Holy Mother of God,

Holy Virgin of virgins,

Crucified Mother,

Sorrowful Mother,

Mournful Mother,

Afflicted Mother,

Forsaken Mother,

Desolate Mother,

Mother bereaved of thy Son,

Mother pierced by a sword,

Mother overwhelmed by grief,

Mother filled with anguish,

Mother crucified in thy heart,

Mother most sad,

Fount of tears,

Mass of suffering,

Mirror of patience,

Rock of constancy,

Anchor of confidence,

Refuge of the abandoned,

Shield of the oppressed,

Conqueror of the incredulous,

Solace of the wretched,

Medicine of the sick,

Haven of the shipwrecked,

Calmer of tempests,

Recourse of the needy,

Terror of the treacherous,

Inspiration of the Prophets,

Treasure of the Faithful,

Staff of the Apostles,

Crown of Martyrs,

Light of Confessors,

Pearl of Virgins,

Comfort of Widows,

Joy of all Saints,

V. Lamb of God , who takest away the sins of the world, R. Spare us, O Lord

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, R. Have mercy on us.

Let us pray,

O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophesy of Simeon , a sword of grief pierced through the sweet soul of Thy glorious Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion. Who livest and reignest, world without end.

R. Amen 

“Mondays with Mary” – The Method of Praying the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa

Over this past weekend, I experienced for my first time a silent retreat focused on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola led by Miles Christi. The retreat came at the perfect time, which has renewed and reformed my prayer life. It also gave me some rather excellent insights and resolutions on how to minister to the parish.

As I viewed the retreat schedule on Saturday morning, I noticed that there was a Rosary set for a particular time, but it was something I had never heard of before – the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa. I knew that Mater Dolorosa meant Sorrowful Mother, but I never heard of this rosary nor had I prayed it before. I should note that Miles Christi has a particular devotion to Mary under this title and considers her one of their Heavenly Guardians.

The devotion to the Mother of Sorrows has its origins in the beginning of the Church. At the foot of the cross, we see St. John the Apostle with Mary in Sorrow as she weeps for the death of her Son on the cross.

It was always part of the traditions of the Church, however, it was on Good Friday 1239 where Our Lady appeared to the founder of the Order of Servites and requested that a religious community be founded upon this devotion. Their lives should be of prayer and penance. The first seven men all had dynamic devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On request of Our Lady, the seven men of the Servites began to meditate on the seven sorrowful accounts of Our Lady’s life in relation to Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death. It is here where the Chaplet (or Little Rosary) of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary developed.

Countless saints and Doctors of the Church have praised this Rosary, among them St. Albert the Great, St. Bridget, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and St. Alphonsus Ligouri. In 1724, Pope Benedict XIII, promulgated and fortified the practice of this devotion when he conferred many indulgences when this rosary is recited by the faithful.

Our Lady of Sorrows.Carlo Dolci

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady are the following:

1. The Prophecy of Simeon

2. The Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt

3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple

4. The Encounter of Jesus with His Blessed Mother as He Carries the Cross

5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mary at the Foot of the Cross

6. The Descent from the Cross, and Jesus in the Arms of His Most Blessed Mother.

7. The Burial of Our Lord, and the Loneliness of the Blessed Virgin.

The Method of Praying the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa –

V. In the name of the Father…I believe in God… R. I believe in the Holy Spirit…

V. Our Father… R. Give us this day…

V. Hail Mary… R. Holy Mary… (Recited 3 times)

V. Glory be to the Father… R. As it was…

Today we will meditate on the Sorrows of our Lady.

In the first sorrow let us contemplate The Prophecy of Holy Simeon.

V. Our Father… R. Give us this day…

V. Hail Mary… R. Holy Mary… (Recited 7 times)

V. Glory be to the Father… R. As it was…

Fatima Prayer: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy!

In the second sorrow let us contemplate…

At the end of the seventh sorrow say:

Let us pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, in order to obtain the holy indulgences (Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)

V. Hail Holy Queen… R. Mother of Mercy…

The Holy See has granted to the members and to all the faithful in some way linked to Miles Christi, the same indulgences granted to the standard Rosary (Loreto).

The Litany of the Mater Dolorosa may be recited at the end of the Rosary.

This Rosary may be prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

There are rosary beads that accompany this prayer, but at this time I can’t locate any online. If you know where we can purchase them, let me know in the comment box and I will update this blog post.

Update: Here are a two sites you can purchase the Mater Dolorosa Rosary. Thank you to my readers who suggested these sites. Immaculee’s Website and Gifts Catholic Inc.

Our Mother of Sorrows…Pray For Us.

Sources:

Prayers. Miles Christi, 2013. Third Edition.

The Devotion of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fatima.org.

Quick Lessons from the Catechism: The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Supreme Court here in the United States just made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. A historical decision as decisions go and one that is going to have implications for years to come. This day will be remembered as the day that can society began to implode on itself here in the United States (which are not as united as they once were). It’s a decision not made with the law in mind, but with an agenda in mind. It’s an agenda to destroy all things pertaining to God, humanity, and the common good.

Just as with other unjust laws, such as Abortion, the Catholic Church now has its battle ground for the early 21st Century. Just as we have done since 1973, when the Supreme Court here in the US decided on a case based on an agenda, and not the law, we will stand up for the common good and profess the beauty of marriage between one man and one woman.

Now that this can has been opened wide, where does it end? In short, it won’t end. Before long we will see polygamy and other distorted forms of marriage brought before the Supreme Court.

So with this being said, let’s take a quick look at what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony –

St. Paul said: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church. . . . This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5:25, 32) [#1659].

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf. CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1) [#1660].

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799) [#1661].

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love [#1662].

Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful [#1663].

Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage. Polygamy is incompatible with the unity of marriage; divorce separates what God has joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married life away from its “supreme gift,” the child (GS 50 § 1) [#1664].

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith [#1665].

The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity [#1666].

For more catechesis on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, I would encourage you to read paragraphs 1601-1658.

Also, pray, pray hard, for our country this day and all countries that must endure such unjust rulings and laws.

“Mondays with Mary” – The Fatherhood of St. Joseph

Considering that yesterday was Father’s Day, a day we celebrate our Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, and our spiritual fathers – men who are Priests, I found today’s “Mondays with Mary” the perfect arena to share with you a selection of words from Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer) by Pope St. John Paul II.

The apostolic exhortation focuses on the marriage between Mary and Joseph as seen through the Gospel picture, Joseph’s faith and fatherhood, the virginity of Mary and Joseph, their love, their interior life, and concludes with St. Joseph as the Patron of the Church.

As we approach the World Meeting of Families 2015, to be held in Philadelphia in late September, I will come back to this apostolic exhortation again to help us understand the importance that the Holy Family plays in our lives today as explained to us through the words of the Polish Saint.

For today, I draw from paragraphs 7-8, which discusses the Fatherhood of St. Joseph –

“As can be deduced from the gospel texts, Joseph’s marriage to Mary is the juridical basis of his fatherhood. It was to assure fatherly protection for Jesus that God chose Joseph to be Mary’s spouse. It follows that Joseph’s fatherhood – a relationship that places him as close as possible to Christ, to whom every election and predestination is ordered (cf. Rom 8:28-29) – comes to pass through marriage to Mary, that is, through the family.

St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood. It is precisely in this way that, as the Church’s Liturgy teaches, he “cooperated in the fullness of time in the great mystery of salvation” and is truly a “minister of salvation.”

His fatherhood is expressed concretely “in his having made his life a service, a sacrifice to the mystery of the Incarnation and to the redemptive mission connected with it; in having used the legal authority which was his over the Holy Family in order to make a total gift of self, of his life and work; in having turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of self, an oblation of his heart and all his abilities into love placed at the service of the Messiah growing up in his house.”

St. Joseph with Infant Jesus by Guido Reni

St. Joseph with Infant Jesus by Guido Reni

In recalling that “the beginnings of our redemption” were entrusted “to the faithful care of Joseph,” the Liturgy specifies that “God placed him at the head of his family, as a faithful and prudent servant, so that with fatherly care he might watch over his only begotten Son.” Leo XIII emphasized the sublime nature of this mission: “He among all stands out in his august dignity, since by divine disposition he was guardian, and according to human opinion, father of God’s Son. Whence it followed that the Word of God was subjected to Joseph, he obeyed him and rendered to him that honor and reverence that children owe to their father.”

Since it is inconceivable that such a sublime task would not be matched by the necessary qualities to adequately fulfill it, we must recognize that Joseph showed Jesus “by a special gift from heaven, all the natural love, all the affectionate solicitude that a father’s heart can know.”

Besides fatherly authority over Jesus, God also gave Joseph a share in the corresponding love, the love that has its origin in the Father “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Eph 3:15).

The Gospels clearly describe the fatherly responsibility of Joseph toward Jesus. For salvation-which comes through the humanity of Jesus-is realized in actions which are an everyday part of family life, in keeping with that “condescension” which is inherent in the economy of the Incarnation. The gospel writers carefully show how in the life of Jesus nothing was left to chance, but how everything took place according to God’s predetermined plan. The oft-repeated formula, “This happened, so that there might be fulfilled…,” in reference to a particular event in the Old Testament serves to emphasize the unity and continuity of the plan which is fulfilled in Christ.

With the Incarnation, the “promises” and “figures” of the Old Testament become “reality”: places, persons, events and rites interrelate according to precise divine commands communicated by angels and received by creatures who are particularly sensitive to the voice of God. Mary is the Lord’s humble servant, prepared from eternity for the task of being the Mother of God. Joseph is the one whom God chose to be the “overseer of the Lord’s birth, “the one who has the responsibility to look after the Son of God’s “ordained” entry into the world, in accordance with divine dispositions and human laws. All of the so-called “private” or “hidden” life of Jesus is entrusted to Joseph’s guardianship.”

Today, please offer up an “Our Father” for all fathers – those still with us, and those who have left us to be with God in Heaven.

To be continued in September 2015.

Father’s Day without Dad

In forty-one years of life, this is the very first Father’s Day that doesn’t include my Dad. On April 22, my father, Thomas M. Perna passed into eternal life after complications and an infection due to his forty year chronic suffering with Crohn’s Disease. Although it’s extremely difficult to write this post today, I know in my heart that Dad is with Our Lord no longer enduring the physical suffering he endured while on earth.

I can’t thank enough my friends as well as my co-workers and the parishioners at the parish who have prayed, supported, and prayed some more for our family at this time. Although we each have our bad days, and I imagine those days will continue for the months ahead, I know that Jesus Christ, his Blessed Mother, the Saints and Angels, as well as the Mystical Body of Christ in heaven, purgatory, and on earth will continue to hold us up in prayer.

It’s hard to explain to someone what this feels like unless you go through it yourself. The quote by Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete below is very fitting. My only advice to you is this – if your father is still on this side of Heaven, spend as much time with him as you can. A day doesn’t go by now that I wish I had just one more day with Dad, especially when our sports teams are playing or something good happens.

Dad and I at Yankee Stadium - August 2008

Dad and I at Yankee Stadium – August 2008

So to honor my Dad this Father’s Day, here is the eulogy that I gave at his Vigil and Visitation on Sunday, April 26 at the Queen of Heaven Mortuary and Cemetery

For someone who talks about physical death, spiritual death, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection of the body, on a weekly basis as the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis, I found the last few weeks to be some of the most difficult I have endured since I have not only have spoken about these topics, but with my family, we have lived and experienced this things with the entrance of my father, Thomas M. Perna, into eternal rest.

In a culture that wants to live forever, and when that’s not possible, to push death quickly away, to sweep it under the rug, so that it can get on with whatever is entertaining at the moment, I remember that death is just another step in life. The words of Gandalf in The Return of the King comes to mind when Pippin believes the end is near…Gandalf says,

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it…White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Then Pippin says, “well, that isn’t so bad.” And Gandalf replies, “No. No, it isn’t.”

Even though this is from the novel and mind of J.R. Tolkien, our understanding of the heavenly realm isn’t far off from this understanding. I don’t know about you, but the words, “that isn’t so bad” seems perfect to me.

Although Dad is no longer with us here on earth, we are still connected to him, and all the dead, through the Mystical Body of Christ and the Communion of Saints.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph #958…

“In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and ‘because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins’ she offers her suffrages for them.” Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.”

Focusing on the great respect the Christian religion have for the memory of the dead, we should always remember Dad as he was – a strong, Italian man, originally from Newark, New Jersey, who loved the heat and sunshine much more than cold and snow.

I remember the year we moved to Arizona, it was 1983, I drove with him in the truck the entire 2600 miles that carried all of our possessions as well as a car in tow, as Mom, Carla, and the two dogs followed behind in another car. It was like the Scottsdale Hillbillies! In regards to the snow and ice, I will never forget the words of Dad when he said, if I never see ice and snow again that still won’t be long enough.

Easter 1998(?)

Easter 1998

I can tell you that he loved his family very much. There wasn’t a time that went by when he wasn’t looking to provide for us. Even way into our 30’s, Dad always asked if we (Carla and I) had money on us. Every time I was at the house, he would ask – do you have money on you? Once I said, yeah…it’s called a debit card. He gave me that look like who are you fooling. Then said, you should always have cash on you. The socks I am wearing today Dad gave to me. Even the pocket watch I have on me gave from Dad.

At times, we would say – here’s 20 bucks…don’t tell your Mother. Or, when there were too many water bottles delivered to the house – take some water home with you. There are other countless examples, but in the end, Dad’s main concern was always his family.

The one thing about my Father that I will carry through the rest of my life is his zealous joy for the New York Yankees, Giants, and Rangers. It was Dad who taught us to cheer for Champions. At one time, Dad and I both had Yankee rooms filled with Yankee memorabilia. When you get to see Mantle, Maris, Yogi, and Whitey play ball, there is no way on this earth other teams even compare. His father, my grandfather, saw Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio.

I will always remember a few things Dad taught us – “don’t spend the principle”; trying to do the same thing over and over and thinking you will get a different result is the definition of insanity (although in recent months he told me that was actually Albert Einstein’s quote), and me personally…it doesn’t matter where I am, in my house, a friend’s house, a stranger’s house, and in a public one, I always put down the seat…you know what I am talking about, right?

His voice is ingrained in my head…there are ladies that live in the house. We always need to do it. Even at the age of 23, after studying three years of Philosophy at USF…there was Dad…put down the seat.

A more recent memory I have is a discussion that Dad, Mom, and I had back in 2011 –

Dad: I know I have to work, but is there a way to record tomorrow’s get away Yankee game?

Mom: No – there is no way to record it.

Me: If you had a DVR, you could record it easily.

Mom: That’s all I hear from Brandon and Carla, and now you. I need a new TV first.

Me: You guys have TV’s from the 1980’s.

Dad: As long as you are in the 23rd century.

Me: I am way ahead of you guys when it comes to technology. You don’t even know how to text. Mom knows but you don’t. I went to the kitchen and had a thought for Dad…Me: If the Pope can Tweet, you can learn to text. (Mom laughing in the background)

Dad: Good for the Holy Father.

And again, there are countless memories just like these that we will continue to cherish in our hearts today, next week, 6 months from now, and years from now.

So as we mourn the loss of a husband, father, brother, papi, cousin, friend, and a brother in Christ, let us turn our hearts to know that Dad is in the eternal rest of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a natural feeling to mourn, to be in sorrow, and to cry, for the person we love has left us, but it’s not the end, and we will see him again, for his death helps us to keep our eyes on the home we are called from the moment our Baptism.

In his book, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen speaks of the many kinds of crosses we human beings must endure. When writing about the cross of grief and sorrow, Sheen says,

“When God takes someone from us, it is always for a good reason. When the sheep have grazed and thinned the grass in the lower regions, the shepherd will take a little lamb in his arms, carry it up the mountain where the grass is green, lay it down, and soon the other sheep will follow. Every now and then Our Lord takes a lamb from the parched field of a family up to those heavenly green pastures so that the rest of the family may keep their eyes on their true home and follow through.”

Dad's Birthday 2014

Dad’s Birthday 2014

As we endure this suffering of losing Dad to physical death, let it be a reminder to us all that there is no resurrection with the cross. There is no eternity without suffering. The “hour” is always before us, even though we have been bought back with the death of Christ and are a resurrected people.

As I conclude, I leave you with these words from the Catholic priest and American theologian, Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, “Suffering is not a problem to be solved; it is a mystery to be lived.” (I repeated this quote).

Let us learn to embrace this, particularly today as we mourn the death and entrance into eternal rest of my father, Thomas Michael Perna.

Last picture of Dad.

Last picture of Dad.

 

Quick Lessons from the Catechism: The Visible World and Respect for the Integrity of Creation

With the media buzz that is being created with the release of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment titled, Ladauto Si (“Praised Be You”), you would think that the Catholic Church has never said anything before about the environment (also known as Creation). Just as we witnessed with the “buzz” over Francis’ comments about the Big Bang Theory, the media will eat just about anything he says thinking that it’s never been said before, but in reality, most of the things he is saying that focuses on doctrine, has been stated by his predecessors and other documents.

Do you really think that Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI never spoke on the environment? 

If you think this – then you are a complete fool and I have ocean front property for you in Arizona. But in all seriousness, these two great Popes have not only written about the environment but have also spoken about it on occasion as well. In the days ahead, I will draw your attention to some of their quotes on Creation as well point out to you some documents and speeches.

JP2 and Ratzinger laughing at media

With this being said, let’s look at what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches on the Visible World (the environment) and Respect for the Integrity of Creation. If you don’t own a copy of the Catechism and you are a Catholic, buy it today! This is where you should be getting Catechesis on our faith. Not from the secular mainstream media, who often report on our teachings falsely and in complete error.

The Catechism states,

God willed the diversity of his creatures and their own particular goodness, their interdependence, and their order. He destined all material creatures for the good of the human race. Man, and through him all creation, is destined for the glory of God [#353].

Respect the laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality [#354].

The dominion granted by the Creator over the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be separated from respect for moral obligations, including those toward generations to come [#2456].

Animals are entrusted to man’s stewardship; he must show them kindness. They may be used to serve the just satisfaction of man’s needs [#2457].

For further reading on these points, I would suggest also reading paragraphs 337-349, 2415-2418, and Quick Lessons from the Catechism: Creation of the World.

Over the next week or so, you are going to be fed a line of nonsense about what the Holy Father’s document says and doesn’t say from the mainstream media. The primary thing to do is read the document itself. If you are going to read about the document, please get your information from solid Catholic News Sources, such as the National Catholic Register, EWTN, Catholic Vote, Catholic News Agency, or Zenit. They will provide excellent coverage and objective reporting.

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. Anthony of Padua

Since this Saturday, June 13, was technically the feast of St. Anthony of Padua in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar (the Immaculate Heart of Mary fell on this Saturday as well), I found it quite fitting to share with you the Marian Prayer of St. Anthony of Padua. Often he is the saint that is associated with the intercessory prayer of “finding lost things”, however, St. Anthony of Padua is so much more. He is one of the greatest Franciscan minds, a Doctor of the Church, and a powerhouse evangelist, so much so that he is known as the Evangelical Doctor.

Like so many of the saints before and after him, St. Anthony of Padua had a great love, devotion, and prayer life that was associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. As you will see in the months ahead, and in previous posts on this blog already, many of the great saints had written their own prayers specifically directed towards the Blessed Mother. They knew how important her role was in Salvation History, which continues through the Catholic Church to this day.

Our Lady of Mercy

As I often do in many of my posts, I have given links to other blog posts that will lead you to understand theological ideas in this prayer by St. Anthony of Padua. It’s my hope that you will not only read this post, but also read the links as well in order to give yourself a better understanding of Marian theology as a whole.

The title of this prayer is – Mary, Our Queen:

Mary, our Queen, Holy Mother of God, we beg you to hear our prayer. Make our hearts overflow with divine grace and resplendent with heavenly wisdom. Render them strong with your might and rich in virtue. Pour down upon us the gift of mercy so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins. Help us to live in such a way as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven. May this be granted us by your Son Jesus who has exalted you above the angels, has crowned you as Queen, and has seated you with him forever on his refulgent throne. Amen.

As always, feel free to share with this blog with your family and friends in the hopes that they may come to have a more complete understanding of Our Lord Jesus Christ through His Virgin Mother, Our Queen of Mercy.