“Mondays with Mary” – Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of the Blessed Virgin

Since tomorrow, November 21, is the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the West (East – The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple), I thought I provide you with a litany to pray before or after Mass, or if you can’t make daily mass, you could recite in it your home in from a Marian image or statue. It is the Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. John Eudes.

In the book, The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God, written by the aforementioned saint, he explains the twelve mysteries that belong to the Holy Childhood of the Blessed Virgin. The eighth through the twelfth mysteries focus on tomorrow’s memorial, particularly the ninth mystery which is actually – her Presentation in the Temple. Mary’s presentation in the Temple of Jerusalem, at the age of three years old, was a great day for not just Mary and her parents, Sts. Joachim and Ann, but it was a glorious day for all of creation. It was the day that set forth the path for many great things to come beginning most notably at the Annunciation.

In the chapter focusing on the tenth mystery, St. John Eudes says,

“From the first moment of her entrance into the Temple she realizes that she is in the house of God, a house not less holy than heaven and meriting the same veneration and respect, since the God of heaven makes His dwelling there…She contemplates, adores, praises, loves, glorifies Him, and offers; consecrates and sacrifices herself entirely to His Divine Majesty. She renders to God adoration and praise more holy and more agreeable to Him than all which has risen from this Temple during the thousand years it has been in existence.”

Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of the Blessed Virgin Mary –

Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Infant Jesus, hear us,
Have mercy on us.

Infant Jesus, graciously hear us,
Have mercy on 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 Infant Mary,
Pray for us.

Infant Daughter of the Father,
Pray for us.

Infant, Mother of the Son,
Pray for us.

Infant, Spouse of the Holy Ghost,
Pray for us.

Infant, Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity,
Pray for us.

Infant, fruit of the prayers of thy parents,
Pray for us.

Infant, riches of thy father,
Pray for us.

Infant, delight of thy mother,
Pray for us.

Infant, honor of thy father,
Pray for us.

Infant, honor of thy mother,
Pray for us.

Infant, miracle of nature,
Pray for us.

Infant, prodigy of grace,
Pray for us.

Immaculate in thy Conception,
Pray for us.

Most holy in thy Nativity,
Pray for us.

Most devout in thy Presentation,
Pray for us.

Masterpiece of God’s grace,
Pray for us.

Aurora of the Sun of Justice,
Pray for us.

Beginning of our joy,
Pray for us.

End of our evils,
Pray for us.

Infant, joy of earth,
Pray for us.

Infant, joy of heaven,
Pray for us.

Pattern of our charity,
Pray for us.

Model of our humility,
Pray for us.

Infant, most powerful,
Pray for us.

Infant, most mild,
Pray for us.

Infant, most pure,
Pray for us.

Infant, most obedient,
Pray for us.

Infant, most poor,
Pray for us.

Infant, most meek,
Pray for us.

Infant, most amiable,
Pray for us.

Infant, most admirable,
Pray for us.

Infant, incomparable,
Pray for us.

Infant, health of the sick,
Pray for us.

Comfortess of the afflicted,
Pray for us.

Refuge of Sinners,
Pray for us.

Hope of Christians,
Pray for us.

Lady of the Angels,
Pray for us.

Daughter of the Patriarchs,
Pray for us.

Desire of the Prophets,
Pray for us.

Mistress of the Apostles,
Pray for us.

Strength of Martyrs,
Pray for us.

Glory of the Priesthood,
Pray for us.

Joy of Confessors,
Pray for us.

Purity of Virgins,
Pray for us.

Queen of all Saints,
Pray for us.

Infant, our Mother,
Pray for us.

Infant, Queen of our hearts,
Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, Infant Jesus.

Infant Jesus,
Hear us.

Infant Jesus,
Graciously hear us.

LET US PRAY:

O almighty and merciful God,
Who through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost,
didst prepare the body and soul
of the Immaculate Infant Mary
that she might be the worthy Mother of Thy Son,
and didst preserve her from all stain,
grant that we who venerate with all our hearts
her most holy childhood,
may be freed,
through her merits and intercession,
from all uncleanness of mind and body,
and be able to imitate her perfect humility,
obedience and charity.
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Most Holy Blessed Virgin Mother…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The 12 Marvelous Privileges of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Since we are in the month of December, the month we joyfully celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, and since I have not touched upon the Immaculate Conception so far this year in this series, I thought today was a good day to again explain the 12 Marvelous Privileges of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. These twelve privileges come from the writings of St. John Eudes in his book titled, The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God.

Because the Immaculate Conception was such an amazing favor bestowed upon the Blessed Virgin by God, there followed a plethora of magnificent privileges, here St. John Eudes focuses on twelve specifically –

1. The Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived in a miraculous way through the virtue of a supernatural force. Many of the Doctors of the Church were of the same opinion. For the twenty years before the Immaculate Conception, St. Ann, who was married to St. Joachim, was believed to be barren.

2. Just as the ‘Adorable Body of Jesus’ was formed and organized perfectly with his soul, so too was the body of the Virgin formed and organized perfectly with her soul. Her soul, on the day she was immaculately conceived in the womb of St. Ann, was infused and sanctified by divine grace, which in turn animated her most holy body.

3. Not only was the Blessed Virgin conceived without sin, but she was also adorned with original justice and confirmed with divine grace from the very first moment of her life, in her mother’s womb, so in order to conceive and bear the Messiah. Such a privilege was never given before to any other creature – angelic or human.

4. According to St. Bernardine of Siena and Doctors of the Catholic Church, Mary was given the ability to reason from the moment of her conception. If St. John the Baptist was given reason when he leapt at the sound of Mary’s voice in St. Elizabeth’s womb (thoughts of St. Ambrose), it would also make sense that Mary received this same privilege. Her senses and bodily organs were fortified with this reason.

5. Not only was she gifted with natural reason, but she also was given the light of faith and an illumination to know the supernatural. She was united with the Creator perfectly as well as His creatures. She knew the good which should be done and the evil which should be avoided. The holy doctors believe that the illumination she possessed was the light of the Beatific Vision.

6. The Beatific Vision was given to her at the moment of her Immaculate Conception. Since it is the opinion of the holy doctors that Moses and St. Paul both received this illumination, it makes sense that Mary, in her Immaculate Conception, would also receive it. Furthermore, since Mary was full of grace, her love and holiness was deeper than Moses and St. Paul. It is the opinion of great theologians that God favored Mary more at her Conception than these men were favored at the last point of their lives.

Immaculate Conception - MWM Page

7. Knowing that Mary would be the Mother of the Savior from this moment of her Immaculate Conception, God the Father flooded her soul with a spring of graces that was equal to her infinite dignity. Divine grace like this was never given to the highest angel or saint.

8. In the heart of Mary is found every human virtue, the theological virtues of God, the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, and the eight beatitudes of the Gospel. Her heart completely encompassed these, which worked together with the Divine grace she received at her conception.

9. By giving of herself completely to God, through consecration, she was infused with His light and grace. Her mind, heart, will, and powers of the soul acted in one accord with another.

10. From the very moment of her miraculous conception, Mary adored, praised, glorified, and loved God with every fiber in her soul and body, through the grace bestowed upon her. She did all of this more perfectly than any other angel or saint for she was full of grace. Mary is loved by God and has been given favors no other creature had been nor ever will receive.

11. Because she was given incomparable favors no saint or angel had ever received, through the love of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the grace that Mary’s soul and body was infused never swayed nor showed sovereignty to anyone but God himself.

12. The final privilege is expressed through the words of Mary herself given to St. Bridget – “Well may it be said that the hour of my Conception is the hour golden and precious because it is the commencement of the world’s salvation.” These words could be not be more truer, for it is Mary that gives us Jesus, for it is Mary that desires to bring us closer to Jesus and closer to our salvation. St. Bernard of Clairvaux says that Mary is “the storehouse of grace, the mediator of salvation, and the restorer of the ages.”

As we begin this week, let us give praise and thanksgiving to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for these magnificent favors bestowed on the most perfect creature of God – Our Most Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is by her Immaculate Conception that we receive Jesus. May all the Angels, Saints, and Church on Earth give praise to God eternal for giving us the Virgin of Virgins – Mary, Most Holy!

Source:

St. John Eudes. The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God, Chapter 9. Preserving Christian Publications, Inc. 2000.

 

“Mondays with Mary” – Reasons Why We Should Honor and Imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary in Her Childhood

Since Saturday was the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I found it fitting to focus today’s “Mondays with Mary” on the words of St. John Eudes. In his book, The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God, the 18th century saint meditates upon the childhood of the Blessed Mother examining different aspects of her life. For today’s post, we will read the exact words of the saint as he writes on reasons why we should honor and imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary in Her childhood.

First Point –

“Consider that we are obliged to honor the sacred Virgin in her childhood; firstly, because the twelve years of this sacred period contain in themselves almost an infinitude of greatness and holiness, which merits the highest honor, and will be for eternity the object of the praises of the inhabitants of heaven. Count the mysteries, the virtues, the thoughts, affections, words, actions and mortifications of this holy Child; reflect upon the holy use she made of the powers of her soul, and of her interior and exterior senses. You will find herein sufficient reasons for entertaining a singular devotion to her. For all that passed in the interior or exterior of this blessed Child was full of perfection and sanctity, and worthy of particular veneration.

Secondly, we should revere this admirable Child, because her infancy was a continual exercise of adoration, praise and love towards God. Since she was full of grace, she gave more glory to God by the smallest action than the first among the Saints by the practice of the most heroic virtues.

Thirdly, we should render all possible honor to this most holy Child, because all the virtues of her infancy were employed in preparing her to give us a Savior and to co-operate with Him in our salvation. May all these reasons urge us to a singular devotion and particular love for this amiable Babe.”

Presentation of the BVM #3

Second Point –

“Among other considerations, we must remark that we are indebted to the holy childhood of Mary for three great favors. Let us observe here that the Son of God when about to be born into the world could have created a virgin of perfect age and become incarnate in her. But His infinite goodness towards us obliged Him to choose for His Mother a daughter of Adam, thus to honor all the human race with three signal favors.

First, by this birth of the Infant Mary divine Bounty gave us two treasure of sanctity, St. Joachim and St. Ann, whom, otherwise we should not have had in their quality of father and mother of Jesus and Mary, and of their children.

The second favor is that by the birth of this holy Infant God bestowed upon the race of Adam another inestimable gift, an immense treasure of good, the holy and precious Mother of God, born or Adam’s race, our sister and our Mother.

The third favor consists in the treasure she has given us, the God-man, our Brother.

Weight all these three great favors God has given us in the birth of this most holy Infant, and let these considerations excite in us a great desire to honor Mary in every possible way.”

Third Point

“Consider that the Son of God wished His worthy Mother to pass through the state of infancy that she might given an example and rule of life which all Christians might follow. For all are obliged by the laws of the Gospel to be children in innocence, in simplicity, in humility, in obedience, and in all virtues. “Amen I say unto you, unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Give thanks to the Son of God for having given us an example so noble and so charming, and a rule so holy and so sweet. Venerate this divine example, and love this amiable rule. See if you have followed it in the past. Humble yourself and ask pardon for the shortcomings of which you have been guilty. Begin carefully to imitate the virtues of the holy infancy of your most holy Mother. Beg her to assist you to annihilate in yourself all that maybe an obstacle thereto.”

As we begin this week, let us ask for the grace and fortitude to follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary by honoring and imitating her in our daily lives. Let us also pray this week for those people in our lives who don’t understand Mary’s role in Salvation History and don’t respect her live when it comes to the life of Jesus Christ and ours.

“Mondays with Mary” – ‘12 Principal Virtues of the Wondrous Childhood of the Blessed Virgin’

Tomorrow in the Catholic Church, September 8, we commemorate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Birth of the Theotokos in the East). A glorious day that focuses on the birth of the Immaculate Woman who would conceive and bear the Messiah, the Christ, the Word of God Incarnate – Jesus Christ. Although we study, reflect, and focus our attention mainly on Mary’s role in Salvation History from the moment of her fiat, her “Yes” to God, we must remember that the Blessed Virgin Mary was also a child.

Last year for this feast day, I focused on the 12 Means of Honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary in Her Childhood. These means and today’s “Mondays with Mary” come from the writings of Saint John Eudes in his work titled, The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God. To learn why Saint John Eudes writes on this aspect of Mary’s life, I would encourage you to read the post from last year.

The ’12 Principal Virtues of the Wondrous Childhood of the Blessed Virgin’ are the following –

1. Innocence: The most perfect after Jesus Christ, Mary’s innocence is rooted in the fact that she was free from all sin, both original and actual. She is the Immaculate Conception.

2. Simplicity: Curiosity and duplicity were foreign to her. Mary had one simple will in mind for her life and that was to please God and align her will with His will.

3. Humility: Because she was so humble, she treated herself least among all creatures.

4. Obedience: Because she was free from all sin, she obeyed God, her parents, and all superiors with perfect obedience.

5. Patience: Since she knew that her Son would endure great pains of suffering, she learned to practice patience from her childhood which would prepare her to endure patiently the agonies of Jesus Christ.

Mary Ponders The Word of God

6. Love for God: She loved God so much that she would have rather been “annihilated” than give any other creature the love that God Himself deserved. All that she did was for Him alone. Her will was His will – this is the supreme test of divine love.

7. Charity towards her neighbor: Mary had so much love for her neighbor. Even in the cruel and merciless actions of the soldiers that tortured Jesus, Mary petitioned for mercy and love. As His Mother, she offered up his innocent blood, which was being shed for them as well.

8. Contempt of and disengagement from the world and from herself: From the beginning of her life, Mary died to her self in all things, her will was the Will of God, all material things were forsaken for the love of God – He is who she would love above all.

9. Virginal Purity: The Early Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church – St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Augustine of Hippo believed that Mary made a vow of virginity early in her life. They also tell us if Mary had been given a choice to choose whether to be a mother or remain a virgin, she would have chosen virginity.

10. Silence: Mary’s silencing was deafening that nowhere in the Sacred Scriptures, Sacred Tradition, or any other author records a word from her at home with her parents, in the Temple, or any time after.

11. Gentleness and Meekness: Mary is the only human being to exemplify and perfect gentleness and meekness. The sweetness that Mary evokes is not something just of our childhood, but she retains it and shares it with sinners, even the most horrific of sinners. She is always there to bring them back to Jesus Christ.

12. Modesty: Mary’s modesty was so great that some may have mistaken her to be an Angel incarnate.

To conclude, I leave you with the words of Saint John Eudes,

“Praise and immortal thanks be given to Thee, O God, for all the perfections with which Thou has enriched this admirable Child. Eternal honor and benediction to our amiable Mary for all the glory she has rendered the Most Holy Trinity by the practice of the virtues she exercised during her wondrous Childhood.”