“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

This coming Wednesday, September 13, is the memorial of another great Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church, and a saint that is recognized by both the Eastern and Western lungs of the Catholic Church – Saint John Chrysostom. Known as “Golden-mouthed” because of the eloquence of his preaching, St. John Chrysostom has been honored since the Early Church for his many writings and spectacular words. If you were unfamiliar with this amazing saint of the Early Church before today, I would encourage you to read my two articles on him here and here.

As I have done in the past, and most recently over the past two weeks, here is a Marian Prayer from the aforementioned Saint and Doctor of the Church. I said it last week and I say it again today – I find great consolation in these Marian prayers because it proves to me again and again how important the Blessed Virgin Mary has always been in the life of the Catholic Church. So many of the great Saints have written prayers specifically for her intercession throughout the centuries, notably in the Early Church. It also proves to me that the Blessed Mother has been a valid character in the life of the Church since then and not just made up over time or more emphasized in recent centuries.

Hail, O Mother! Virgin, heaven, throne, glory of our Church, its foundation and ornament. Earnestly pray for us to Jesus, your Son and Our Lord, that through your intercession we may have mercy on the day of judgment. Pray that we may receive all those good things which are reserved for those who love God. Through the grace and favor of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to Whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be power, honor, and glory, now and forever. Amen.

Sassoferrato – Virgin Mother

Mary, Holy and Most Perpetual Virgin…Pray for Us

St. John Chrysostom…Pray for Us

Source:

“All About Mary.” Prayers of Saints to Mary : University of Dayton, Ohio, 18 Feb. 2016, udayton.edu/imri/mary/p/prayers-of-saints-to-mary.php#anchor4.

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. Gregory the Great

Yesterday, in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we celebrated the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, however, September 3, is also the memorial for one of the great Early Church Fathers as well as a Pope and Doctor of the Church – Saint Gregory the Great. If you were not aware of his story and importance in the life of the Catholic Church, I would also encourage you to read this article I wrote on him a few years ago.

As I say in that article, he is the “Greatest of the Greats.” Many of his contributions to the Catholic Church are still in use today. He is the Early Church’s version of beast mode (in a good way) and serious BA (ha ha!). Get to know him, if you don’t already, because he is pretty awesome.

As I have done in the past, and most recently last week, here is a Marian Prayer from the aforementioned Saint and Doctor of the Church. I find great consolation in these Marian prayers because it proves to me again and again how important the Blessed Virgin Mary has always been in the life of the Catholic Church. So many of the great Saints have written prayers specifically for her intercession.

Mary, you are the vessel
and tabernacle containing all Mysteries.
You know what the Patriarchs did not know;
you experienced what was not revealed to the Angels;
you heard what the Prophets did not hear.
In short, everything that was hidden
from preceding generations
was made known to you;
even more, most of these wonders depended on you. Amen.

Our Lady, the Tabernacle that carried Christ Himself…Pray for Us

Saint Gregory the Great…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. Augustine of Hippo

Since today, August 28, is the memorial of one of the great Doctors and Early Church Fathers, St. Augustine of Hippo, I thought I would provide for you a Marian Prayer composed by the Doctor of Grace himself. Although St. Augustine lived over 1600 years ago, the Catholic Church still finds great amounts of orthodox theology from his many writings.

If you are not aware of his life and amazing conversion story, written by his own hand and titled, Confessions, I would suggest you research it this week. Because of his influence in the life of the Church and in my own daily work, I have personally written about him 6 times, which includes this blog post and the other one from today that gives you some more quotes from his different writings.

This is image is ‘Our Lady of Ostra Brama’ (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

Today’s Marian Prayer, written by the aforementioned saint, is a prayer dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy. If there were ever a saint that understands mercy and reconciliation with God, it would be the great saint of Hippo.

Blessed Virgin Mary,
who can worthily repay you with praise
and thanks for having rescued a fallen world
by your generous consent!
Receive our gratitude,
and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven
and enable them to make our peace with God.

Holy Mary, help the miserable,
strengthen the discouraged,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for your people,
plead for the clergy,
intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you
feel now your help and protection.
Be ready to help us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern
to pray for the people of God,
for you were blessed by God
and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Mercy…Pray for Us

St. Augustine of Hippo…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. Ephraem the Deacon

Since tomorrow is the optional memorial for the Deacon and Doctor of the Church, St. Ephrem, I found it fitting to share with you one of his Marian prayers. As an Early and Eastern Father of the Church who was a supporter of Mary’s Immaculate nature, St. Ephrem is often asked for intercessory prayers when it comes to supporting the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which was declared solemn on December 8, 1854 by Blessed Pope Pius IX.

As I often do in many of my blog posts, I have also given to links to other blog posts that will lead you to understand theological ideas in this prayer by St. Ephrem. 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.

Immaculate Conception - Bartolomeo Murillo

Immaculate Conception – Bartolomeo Murillo

The title of this prayer is – A Prayer of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

O pure and immaculate and likewise blessed Virgin, who art the sinless Mother of thy Son, the mighty Lord of the universe, thou who art inviolate and altogether holy, the hope of the hopeless and sinful, we sing thy praises. We bless thee, as full of every grace, thou who didst bear the God-Man: we all bow low before thee; we invoke thee and implore thine aid. Rescue us, O holy and inviolate Virgin, from every necessity that presses upon us and from all the temptations of the devil. Be our intercessor and advocate at the hour of death and judgment; deliver us from the fire that is not extinguished and from the outer darkness; make us worthy of the glory of thy Son, O dearest and most clement Virgin Mother. Thou indeed art our only hope, most sure and sacred in God’s sight, to whom be honor and glory, majesty and dominion, for ever and ever, world without end. Amen.

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