“Mondays with Mary” – Prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima

For today’s “Mondays with Mary,” I want to provide for you a very simple and a very practical article focusing on three prayers of three different Marian titles – Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima. Although there are many approved Marian apparitions, I would say these three are three of the biggest. I am not discounting the others, but these three are very significant in the life of the Catholic Church and private revelation. I have written on them in the past and those links are provided below with the prayers.

The “Star of the New Evangelization’ is the title given to Pope St. John Paul II to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for our Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke you in their necessities, and since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from you most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning love and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

My website/blog is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Lourdes

Pray to Our Lady of Lourdes

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; look with mercy on me. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. Through gratitude for your favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one share your glory. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima

Pray to Our Lady of Fatima

Queen of the Rosary, sweet Virgin of Fatima, who was pleased to appear in the land of Portugal and bring peace, both interior and exterior, to that once so troubled country, we beg of you to watch over our own country and to assure its moral and spiritual revival.

Bring back peace to all nations of the world, so that all, and our own nation in particular, may be happy to call you their Queen and the Queen of Peace.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for our country. Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for all humanity a lasting peace. Amen.

During this week, I would encourage to pray one or all three of these prayers asking for the intercession of Our Lady for the needs in your life and needs of our countries.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Since Tuesday, October 4, is the memorial for Saint Francis of Assisi, I found it fitting to provide you today with his Marian prayer. Like many of the saints before him, and many of the saints after him, St. Francis of Assisi had a great devotion and love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Three specific roles of the Blessed Virgin Mary that St. Francis focused on were – Mother, Advocate, and Queen.

Through the writings of St. Bonaventure, one of the great Franciscan theologians and the Seraphic Doctor, he says that St. Francis believes the following about Mary as Mother –

‘He loved with an unspeakable affection the Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, forasmuch as that She had made the Lord of glory our Brother, and that through Her we have obtained mercy’ (Leg. Mai. IX,3). For who can make the Lord our Brother, if She not also be our Mother?’

In regards to Mary as Queen, St. Francis believes,

“When the man of God beheld it thus abandoned, by reason of the ardent devotion that he had toward the Sovereign Lady of the world, he took up abode there, that he might diligently labor to repair it.” (Leg. Mai II,8)

And lastly, St. Francis thinks the following about Mary as Advocate,

“In Her, after Christ, he put his chief trust, making Her his own patron and that of his Brethren…and in Her honor he fasted most devoutly from the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul unto the Feast of the Assumption” (Leg. Mai. IX, 3). “Now Francis, the servant of God, abiding at the church of the Virgin Mother of God, with continuous sighing besought Her that had conceived the Word full of grace and truth that She would deign to become his Advocate (Leg. Mai. III,1).”

Mary, Queen of Angels

All three of these roles are seen clearly in the Wedding Feast of Cana, where Mary speaks to the servants and tells them to do whatever Jesus asks them to do. In the Gospel of John, this first miracle is the borderline of all discipleship. Since the Apostles followed the Lord Jesus Christ and engaged in the apostolic life, which he taught them and was given to them on Pentecost, so would St. Francis follow the Lord, because he saw himself as a servant and disciple of Jesus Christ.

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. 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 completely.

Here is the Marian Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi –

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin.
You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven,
consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace.
Hail His Tabernacle.
Hail His Robe.
Hail His Handmaid.
Hail, His Mother.
and Hail, all holy Virtues, who, by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state, they may be made faithful servants of God through you. Amen.

Our Lady as Mother, Queen, and Advocate…Pray for Us.

Saint Francis of Assisi…Pray for Us.

“Mondays with Mary” – Marian Prayers of St. Bonaventure

Since Wednesday, July 15, is the memorial for St. Bonaventure in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar, I found it quite fitting to share with you two of the Marian Prayers of the Seraphic Doctor. Along with St. Anthony of Padua, he is one of the greatest Franciscan minds and a Doctor of the Church.

Like so many of the saints before and after him, St. Bonaventure 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.

Queen Mother

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 these prayers by St. Bonaventure. 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 completely.

The first Marian prayer is titled, Abandonment to Mary

Virgin full of goodness, Mother of Mercy, I entrust to you my body and soul, my thoughts, my actions, my life and my death.

O my Queen, help me, and deliver me from all the snares of the devil. Obtain for me the grace of loving my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, with a true and perfect love, and after him, O Mary, to love you with all my heart and above all things. Amen.

The second Marian prayer is titled, For a Peaceful Parting

Holy Virgin, I beg of you, when my soul shall depart from my body, be pleased to meet and receive it. Mary, do not refuse me then the grace of being sustained by your sweet presence. Be for me the ladder and the way to heaven, and finally assure me of pardon and eternal rest. 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.

“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.

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 and our Immaculate and Holy Queen.

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. Peter Damian

This past Friday we celebrated the feast day of one of the great 35 Doctors of the Church, Saint Peter Damian. Besides being a simple Benedictine monk and a monitor to a variety of popes, he was also a gifted and knowledgeable theologian who could preach and write.

Like so many of the canonized saints and the Doctors of the Church, Saint Peter Damian had a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They all understood the importance she plays in Salvation History and the importance she plays now as our advocate, mediator, and mediatrix. Mary is not an impediment to Jesus Christ, but she is our Divine Mother leading us closer to our King and Savior.

Below is the Marian Prayer of St. Peter Damian. I hope you enjoy it and utilize it when the Blessed Mother’s help is needed.

O holy Virgin, Mother of God,help those who implore your assistance. Turn toward us. Have you perhaps forgotten us because you have been elevated to a position close to God? No, certainly not.

You know well in what danger you left us. You know the miserable condition of your servants. No, it would not benefit such great mercy as yours to forget such great misery as ours.

Turn toward us, then, with your power, for He who is powerful has made you omnipotent in heaven and on earth. For you, nothing is impossible. You can raise even those who are in despair to a hope of salvation.There more powerful you are, the greater should be your mercy. 

Turn also to us in your love. I know. O Mary, that you are all kindness and that you love us with a love that no other love can surpass.How often you appease the wrath of our Divine Judge, when He is on the point of punishing us!

All the treasures of the mercy of God are in your hands. You will never cease to benefit us, I know, for you are only seeking an opportunity to save all sinners and to shower your mercies upon them. Your glory is increased when, through you, penitents are forgiven and reach heaven.

Turn , then, toward us, so that we may also be able to go and see you in heaven. For the greatest glory that we can have, after seeing God, will be to see you, to love you, and to be under your protection. So be pleased to grant our prayer; for your beloved Son wishes to honor you by refusing nothing that you ask.

“Mondays with Mary” – Three Marian Prayers That Need to be Prayed More

The title of the blog post says it all…

Memorare

Remember O, gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known

that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help or sought your intercession,

was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;

to you do I come,

before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in your mercy hear and answer me.

Sub Tuum Praesidium

We fly to your patronage,

O Mother of God,

despise not our petitions

in our necessities,

but deliver us from all danger,

O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.

Alma Redemptoris

Loving mother of the Redeemer,

gate of heaven, star of the sea,

assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,

yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,

have pity on us poor sinners.

All three of these prayers have one thing in common, they all speak of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercessory and advocacy roles. She is our Advocating and Maternal Mediating Mother. For more catechesis on these roles, read the link provided.