“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” – 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.