The Spiritual Maternity of The Blessed Virgin Mary
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Mother Adela, SCTJM

We have been given great news which is the cause of immense joy.  This announcement did not come through the angels or the prophets, but rather through the mouth of Christ Himself: we have a spiritual mother – the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

HOW DOES SHE EXERCISE HER SPIRITUAL MATERNITY?

This spiritual maternity over mankind is exercised in various ways:

1.   She transmits divine life:  She transmits to us the life of Her Son – because Christ is the Life and She has given Christ to us.  In addition, She is the woman associated par excellence to the sacrifice of Christ that won eternal and divine life for us.  Having been the creature that cooperated in a unique and singular manner with the work of redemption, She is also, by divine design, the One who distributes the graces of Christ to us; in this manner, she nourishes us, guides us, protects us and helps us grow in the life of grace and the supernatural life in order to reach the perfection and full stature of Christ (like St. Paul tell us in Eph 4:13). 

It is a gift to have a mother who cares for our spiritual life.  We often give more attention to our natural life than to our supernatural life.  Nonetheless, the supernatural life is a superior reality: “Do not fear those who can kill the body but rather, those who can ruin the soul” (cf. Mt 10:28).
“She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace” (Lumen Gentium (LG), 61).

2.   She intercedes in our favor:  She does so with supplications directed to Christ in order to obtain grace for us.  The Fathers of the Church referred to Her as the all-powerful intercessor. She is this because of Her perfect communion with Christ, with which She desires what He desires, and because of Her faith, a faith that moves mountains. 

When She said, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5),  She manifested what was needed and left the rest to Her Son’s  judgment, certain that the solution He would give would be the best, the most meaningful, and that which would resolve the need in the most favorable manner.  She left everything completely open to the Lord and His will because She was sure that His will was the most perfect thing that could be done and that which would really solve the situation.  She trusted in His wisdom, in His superior knowledge, and in His wide and profound vision of things that embraced aspects and circumstances She might not have been aware of.  She presented what was happening and left it in His Hands.  It is this kind of faith which obligated the Lord with greater force than the most astute arguments or contentions.  When the Virgin spoke to Him, His hour had not come; after speaking with so much faith, His hour came immediately.  The faith of the Virgin that permeated the words of Her brief phrase altered time, making the hour in which Christ manifested His divinity come quicker through an extraordinary manifestation that strengthened and augmented the faith of His disciples.

3.   It is exercised through Her universal mediation of graces: She distributes the graces Christ obtained for us with His redemption and which She has obtained through Her intercession. “The maternal duty of Mary toward men in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power. For all the salvific influence of the Blessed Virgin on men originates, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure. It flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on His mediation, depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it. In no way does it impede, but rather does it foster the immediate union of the faithful with Christ” (LG, 60).

4.   She visits and intervenes in our lives and in the life of the Church and of the world: She does this particularly when the Church is in danger of being lost, of falling into error or of being darkened.  Just as the pillar of cloud during the day and the pillar of fire at night went before the Israelites in the desert to show them the way, the Blessed Virgin – the new pillar as described to us through the dream of St. John Bosco – goes in front of us during times of confusion and battle, leading us safely to the Heart of Jesus and His Church.
She does this often through apparitions that display her maternal concern sinners, for situations in the world, and situations in the Church.  Does She not come precisely when we are in need of reviving the faith and returning to Her Son?

WHEN DID HER MATERNITY BEGIN?

From the moment of the Annunciation, when the Blessed Virgin received the call to be the Mother of the Redeemer, Her call to be the Mother of all mankind also began in an implicit and hidden manner.  The Mother of the Head ought also to be the Mother of the Body.  The Mother of the Redeemer is to be the Mother of the redeemed.  The physical Mother of Christ will be the Spiritual Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ.  The Blessed Virgin, by engendering Christ physically and naturally, also engenders spiritually and supernaturally all of the members of the Mystical Body of Christ – the entire human race.  The Head as well as its mystical members are the fruit of the same womb – that of Mary.  Therefore, She is the Mother of the total Christ – the Head and the Body; She is Mother physically of the Head and spiritually of its members, as Pope Pius X explained to us in his encyclical, Ad diem illum.  The spiritual maternity of Mary is the complement of Her divine maternity.  “Because of the redemptive Incarnation, Mary became not only the Mother of God in the physical order of nature, but also in the supernatural order of grace she became the Mother of all men” (cf. Pius XII, Message to the Marian Congress of Ottawa, Canada, June 19, 1947).

Her Maternity in the Gospels

We see some signs of the spiritual maternity of the Blessed Virgin over man (in its two facets: intercession and dispensation of graces) in the Gospels.

We see this in the Visitation, when Her presences brought saving graces to John the Baptist and the grace of the Holy Spirit upon Elizabeth, bringing about the first miracle in the supernatural order.  We also see it in Cana, where Her maternal intercession and mediation brought about the first miracle in the order of nature.

These two signs of Her Spiritual maternity reach their full realization on Calvary when, in an explicit manner according to the Gospel of St. John, Christ from the Cross directed Himself to the Beloved disciple (and in him to each one of us) and gave Her to us as Mother.  “Behold, your Mother…Mother, behold, your Son” (cf. John 19:26-27).  If the spiritual maternity of Mary in respect to man had been delineated since the Annunciation, on the Cross it is clearly established. 

During that solemn moment, the words of Christ officially proclaimed and confirmed the spiritual maternity of Mary that existed since the Annunciation, but was formally consummated and completed through Her most sorrowful association and participation in the redemptive sacrifice.  In Nazareth, the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived us and on Calvary, She gave birth.

She Gave Birth to Us in Pain

This spiritual maternity upon man, confirmed and completed on the Cross, cost our Mother great sufferings, and She gave birth to us in intense pain; Her Heart was pierced.  She gave birth to us while watching Her Son die; Her maternity towards us is the fruit of pain.  With the same fiat with which She responded to the Annunciation of the Angel that brought about Her divine maternity, She embraced the annunciation of Christ on the Cross that brought Her Spiritual maternity.  From that moment on, She received John, and in him, every human person as sons and daughters. Her Heart was spiritually pierced and opened to man for all times.

When the Angel told Her, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son” (Lk 1:31), She opened her Immaculate Heart to receive, with faith and obedience, the invitation to divine maternity.  The second announcement of maternity came at the foot of the Cross. “The words of Jesus, ‘Woman, behold your Son,’ opened the Heart of the Mother in a new way.  A few moments later, the solider pierced the Heart of Christ. With those words, the Heart of Mary opened to receive those whom the Pierced Heart of Jesus was to reach with His redemptive power” (cf. John Paul II, Homily, May 13, 1982, no.8).  Just as the Heart of Christ remained eternally opened on the Cross to pour graces of salvation upon humanity, the Heart of Mary has remained eternally open to receive as Mother those who accept the redemption of Her Son. 

BEHOLD YOUR SON: ST. JOHN AND EACH ONE OF US

At the foot of the Cross was Mary; with Her was St. John.  This Apostle (according to the Magisterium of the Church, the Fathers and Popes) represents all of humanity, particularly the faithful who desire to be “beloved disciples.”  At the foot of the Cross, Christ confided the beloved disciple, and in him, all men and the Church to the maternal care of Mary, so that what He had done in Her can now be done in His mystical Body.  “In John the beloved disciple each person discovers that he or she is a son or daughter of Her who has given the Son of God to the world” (cf. John Paul II, Homily on September 15, 1988, no.9).

John Paul II, in his encyclical Mother of the Redeemer, says, “It can be said that motherhood ‘in the order of grace’ preserves the analogy with what ‘in the order of nature’ characterizes the union between mother and child. In the light of this fact it becomes easier to understand why in Christ's testament on Golgotha his Mother's new motherhood is expressed in the singular, in reference to one man: ‘Behold your son.’  It can also be said that these same words fully show the reason for the Marian dimension of the life of Christ's disciples. This is true not only of John, who at that hour stood at the foot of the Cross together with his Master's Mother, but it is also true of every disciple of Christ, of every Christian. The Redeemer entrusts his mother to the disciple, and at the same time he gives her to him as his mother. Mary's motherhood, which becomes man's inheritance, is a gift: a gift which Christ himself makes personally to every individual” (no. 45).

The maternity of Mary according to Pope John Paul II

According to His Holiness John Paul II, the maternity of Mary over the whole of humanity is the express desire of Christ, His final testament. This maternity is universal and personal; She is the Mother of the Church and the Mother of each member.  Each one of us ought to enter into a personal relationship with Her, a relationship of Mother and child.  She desires that we are Her children, that we have an intimate relationship with Her as Christ had with Her, and that this relationship is an extension of the love Christ had for His Mother.  He desires that we love Her as He loved Her. Furthermore, Her maternity is a gift of Christ to each one of us.  Each disciple ought to have a Marian dimension in his or her life (for example, one’s prayer groups begins with the recitation of the Rosary).

As well, the maternal mission of Mary ought to be received by each person.  This is the profound meaning of the Holy Father John Paul II’s papal coat of arms.  “The disciple took Her into his home” (Jn 19:27)… In other words, he took Her into his heart, responding to the gift of Christ.  He made Her a part of his life, his problems, his spiritual life, his decisions and his physical life.  And as Mary was given as Mother personally to him, the disciple responded with a “self-offering.”  Self-offering is the response of love of a person, and concretely, it is the response to the love of a mother.  “Entrusting himself to Mary in a filial manner, the Christian, like the Apostle John, ‘welcomes’ the Mother of Christ ‘into his own home’ and brings her into everything that makes up his inner life, that is to say into his human and Christian ‘I’”(RM, 45).

Christ entrusts and gives us His Mother.  He consecrated us to the maternal care of His Mother because He knew that we need Her to grow in the life of perfection and to defend ourselves in the spiritual battle against the devil.

This maternity has real effects in our lives: it leads to the transmission of spiritual life, to the restoration of souls.  It has the mission of guiding us, protecting us, educating us, forming us, and watching out for our needs.  Because She is our Mother, She is the powerful intercessor and Mediatrix of all graces.

HER MATERNITY AFTER THE CROSS

All of Mary’s earthly life was marked by Her maternal care towards Her Son and towards man; this maternal solicitude was even greater at the moment of the Cross when Her maternity was completed and confirmed and when, from the Pierced Heart of Her Son, the Church, the Mystical Body of Her Son, was born.  She would have to do with the Church what She had done with Her Son.

From that moment Her maternal Heart turned towards the newly formed Church.  She would be a true Mother for the Mystical Body of Her Son; She would be with them in prayer, in watchfulness and in maternal diligence through Her interventions and visitations; She would be with them through Her generosity and Her powerful intercession, through Her constant and loving presence.  She would intercede and intervene on behalf of all the many diverse needs of Her children.  She would aid the needs of men, bringing about with Her prayer, meditation, and maternal presence, the salvific action and saving power of Christ.

Her maternity is in itself a meditation. For this reason the Holy Father refers to it as a “maternal mediation.”  He says, “Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs and sufferings. She puts herself ‘in the middle,’ that is to say she acts as a mediatrix not as an outsider, but in her position as mother. She knows that as such she can point out to her Son the needs of mankind, and in fact, she ‘has the right’ to do so. Her mediation is thus in the nature of intercession: Mary ‘intercedes’ for mankind. And that is not all. As a mother she also wishes the messianic power of her Son to be manifested” (RM, 21).

Furthermore, if Christ has called Her to be Mother of all, He not only gave Her the responsibility but also the rights of maternity – to intercede, nourish, bring about growth, protect, teach, form, etc.

Last, Her intercession has a double aspect: the good of man and the manifestation of the saving power of Her Son.  Is this not what She revealed in Cana?

AFTER THE ASSUMPTION

“This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until The eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.  By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and cultics, until they are led into the happiness of their true home” (LG, 62).

What does this mean for us? First, it means that Her maternity will continue without ceasing until the perfect consummation of the chosen – in other words, until the end of time.  The mission of Her maternity is to see Christ being formed in our hearts, to see that we live in Christ and with the life of Christ.  It is Her mission to lead us, by Her intercession and maternal mediation, towards Heaven.  What suffering it causes Her to not find Christ or His divine life in souls.  If Saint Paul said in Galatians 4:19, “My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you,” what more can She say who, as our spiritual Mother, is supposed to give birth to Christ in our hearts?

Moreover, Her maternity serves to introduce men to Christ and Christ to men. She did this with the shepherds, the Wise men, Simeon and Anna, the wedding couple at Cana and the servers, the first disciples, and the Church.

In Heaven, She has not forgotten about us.  She lives interceding and intervening in the lives of each one of us and in the life of the Church.  For this reason, Mary is ever more powerful in Her intercession after the Assumption, after having entered Heaven with body and soul and having been crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.  With maternal love She watches over those who pilgrim amidst dangers and anguishes.  Being our Mother implies being involved in our lives and in the life of the Church.

INVOLVED IN THE HISTORY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL

Each one of us can give testimony to the Spiritual maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives.  How many times and moments have we not experienced the presence of our mother, Her response to our pleas, Her interventions that free us from dangers?  We would never finish.  The books of so many saints are full of their experiences with the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The following are just some of the many ways we experience her presence:

We experience Her protection.

We are freed from our temptations through the presence of Mary.

We are protected physically.

Our families are restored by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.

In our loneliness we experience Her maternal love.

In the midst of attacks of the enemy, we experience how Her merciful gaze causes them to cease.

During sufferings we receive Her consolation.

In the middle of coldness, we receive Her tenderness.

It is with good reason that St. Louis de Montfort said, “It prompts us to go to her in every need of body and soul with great simplicity, trust and affection. We implore our Mother's help always, everywhere, and for everything. We pray to her to be enlightened in our doubts, to be put back on the right path when we go astray, to be protected when we are tempted, to be strengthened when we are weakening, to be lifted up when we fall into sin, to be encouraged when we are losing heart, to be rid of our scruples, to be consoled in the trials, crosses and disappointments of life. Finally, in all our afflictions of body and soul, we naturally turn to Mary”… with the… “confidence that a child has for its loving Mother” (Treatise on True Devotion to Mary, no.107).

The Holy Father constantly has recourse to the maternal care of Our Lady, both in a personal manner as well as pastor of the Church.  There is no single occurrence, no single letter, no allocution, and no ministry that he does not confide to the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To Her, He attributes his having been spared from the assassination attempt.  “One hand fired, but another directed the bullet.”  It is that bullet that is found today in the crown of the image of Our Lady of Fatima in the Sanctuary of Fatima.

INVOLVED IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH AND OF THE WORLD

“To you do we cry, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.”

“And as Mother of the Church, Mary assumed and crowned in heaven does not cease to be ‘involved’ in the history of the Church, history of the struggle between good and evil” (John Paul II, Homily, Aug 15, 1995, no.4).

In the book of Revelation (ch.12), we are presented with the two maternities of Mary:  Mother of Jesus and Mother of believers.  We see the appearance of a Woman clothed with the Sun, with the moon under Her feet and a crown of twelve stars around Her head, who is having birth pains as She gives birth.

Next, we also see a dragon appear.  When darkness invades all of the earth, we see Our Lady appear in defense of Her children, bringing them to the light of Christ.  No longer do we only see the devil in the horizon, but now also the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and our Mother, who appears, visits, protects, guides, illuminates and teaches us a way contrary to the way of the devil.  Her maternity not only nourishes us with the life of Christ, but also defends us from the enemy of Christ.  With Her maternity, She is situated in the very center of that “enmity,” of the struggle that has accompanied the history of humanity on earth and the very history of salvation.  Within this history, Mary continues to be the sign of hope for the future (RM, 11).  We and Jesus have Her as a Mother in order that She can defend Her Son from being devoured by the dragon and defend the rest of Her children, whom the raging dragon seeks to devour.

Let us examine the meaning of the text from Revelation. She appeared as a great sign in the sky dressed in the sun. This “dress of the sun” is the light of Christ.  As well, the moon was under Her feet; the moon represents time.  Therefore, She has authority, and She exercises it over time; in fact, She is its patron.  Even though She lived in time, She is superior to the vicissitudes of time and is not conditioned by it.  In other words, She has the power, given to Her by God, to crush the battles that take place in history at specific times.  The fact that She is crowned signifies Her participation in the royalty of Her Son; She is Queen of Heaven and earth.  Finally, the twelve stars symbolize the triumph of the Church in Mary.

When the Church walks through the desert in the middle of great battles, Mary is evermore present to protect Her children.  And when the battle is fiercest, the children have recourse to the Mother; this has been the constant testimony of the Church.  A prayer from the third century reads, “Under your protection we place ourselves, Oh Mother of God; do not refuse our pleas which we direct to you in our needs, but rather, free us from all danger, Oh glorious and blessed Virgin.”  John Paul II, as a cardinal, spoke these words: “The experience of the faithful is to see the Mother of God as the One who is, in a most special way, united to the Church in those most difficult moments of its history, when the attacks towards Her are ever more menacing.  This is in full communion with the woman who is revealed in Genesis and the Book of Revelation. 

 

The Via Matris

Its Meaning and Origin

Devotion to the Mother of Sorrows is as old as the Cross. From the throne of the Cross, the Savior focused the world's attention on His Mother: "Behold Thy Mother!" The Via Crucis and the Via Matris are closely associated. Christ prophesied: "And, if I be lifted up will draw all unto myself." His Mother, standing at the foot of the Cross also draws all unto herself. To each devotion, the Way of the Cross and the Way of the Mother, the Church equally applies a plenary indulgence. No argument as to which is greater or more fruitful. Both center on the same subject, but one as seen through the eyes of His Mother. God-inspired Simeon in the temple prophesied about the Child Jesus and laid the direct biblical foundation for the Via Matris, encouraging Christians to contemplate Mary in her sorrows. "And Simeon blessed them and said to May His Mother: 'Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.'" The reason Simeon gave was not founded on the fact that Mary was Immaculate or the Mother of Jesus, not that she was to be Queen of heaven and earth, but specifically as a tender object of meditation for all future ages "that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

The Via Matris, depicting the seven main sorrows of Mary is set up in churches and chapels that Christians may mediate, be inspired, and be encouraged while dwelling on Mary's sword-pierced heart. In more recent times, at Fatima, when Our Lady asked for meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary as one "request" which will bring about the conversion of Russia, and peace, one of the children, now Sister Lucy, answered the difficulty of laymen meditating on a given subject: "It is very easy! Who, for example, cannot think of the sufferings of Our Lord and the Sorrows of Our Lady who stood near the Cross of Jesus on Calvary? Who cannot spend fifteen minutes near the most tender of Mothers and reflect on these thoughts?" Note well! Sister Lucy, like Simeon, spoke of the sufferings of Jesus and the Sorrows of Our Lady as one, all a part of Calvary.

Like the Via Crucis, the history and origin of the Via Matris lie buried in the obscurity of the Middle Ages. The Franciscans initiated the Way of the Cross, and the Servants of Mary (Servites), founded like the Franciscans in the 13th century, brought the Way of the Mother in its present form before the public. Although the devotion was practiced for centuries in Servite churches, it was not until 1937 when the Sorrowful Mother Novena was established that the devotion became popular in the U.S.

The Via Matris

I. The Prophecy of Simeon

Reflect on the sorrow of Our Blessed Lady, when She presented Her Divine Child in the temple and heard from the aged Simeon that a sword of grief should pierce Her soul.

II. The Flight into Egypt

Reflect on Her sorrow when, to escape the cruelty of King Herod, She was forced to fly into Egypt with St. Joseph and Her beloved Child, and pray for those who kill the children today by abortion.

III. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple

Reflect on Her grief when, in returning from Jerusalem, She found that She had lost Her dear Jesus, Whom She sought sorrowing for three days.

IV. Mary meets Jesus on the Way

Reflect on Her meeting Her Divine Son, all bruised and bleeding, carrying His Cross to Calvary, and seeing Him fall under its heavy weight.

V. Jesus Dies on the Cross

Reflect on Her standing by, when Her Divine Son was lifted up on the Cross and the blood flowed in streams from His Sacred Wounds.

VI. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus

Reflect on Her sorrow, when Her Divine Son was taken down from the Cross, and placed in Her arms.

VII. Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Reflect on Her following His Sacred Body as it was borne by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus to the sepulcher.

After meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, recite three Hail Mary's in honor of Our Blessed Lady's tears.

Honoring Her 7 Sorrows

Hail, Mary, full of sorrows, the Crucified is with thee; tearful art thou amongst women, and tearful is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified, give tears to us, crucifiers of thy Son, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

O Mary, Mother of Sorrows, I beseech thee, by the bitter agony thou didst endure at the foot of the Cross, offer to the Eternal Father, in my name, thy Beloved Son, Jesus, all covered with Blood and Wounds, in satisfaction for my sins, for the needs of Holy Church, the conversion of sinners, the relief of the souls in Purgatory, and for the special grace I now implore. (mention your request)

Prayers in Honor of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O God, come to my assistance:

O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father...

As it was in the beginning ...

1.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.

Hail Mary...

2.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and you sojourn there. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.

Hail Mary...

3.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the loss of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.

Hail Mary...

4.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.

Hail Mary...

5.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.

Hail Mary...

6.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding.

Hail Mary...

7.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.

Hail Mary...

Let Us Pray

Let intercession be made for us, we beseech You, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of Your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of You bitter Passion. Through You, O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns world without end. Amen.


 CROWN OF EXCELLENCE
 
Our Father . . .
Hail Mary . . .
Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, for you bore the Lord, the Creator of the world. You gave birth to Him who made you, yet remained a virgin after as before.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
O holy and immaculate Virgin, no tongue can praise you worthily, for you bore within you the Very One whom the heavens cannot enclose.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
You are all beautiful, O Virgin Mary, and there is no stain in you.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Your virtues, O Virgin, surpass the stars in splendor.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Glory to the Father . . .
 

CROWN OF POWER
 
Our Father . . .
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you, O Queen of Peace! Bring us with you to the joys of Heaven.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you, O treasury of all God’s graces! Grant us a share in your riches.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you, O mediator between God and mankind! Lead us to the depths of Divine Mercy.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you who destroy heresies and crush demons! Be thou our protecting mother.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Glory to the Father . . .
 

CROWN OF GOODNESS
 
Our Father . . .
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you, O refuge of sinners! Intercede for us with God.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you, O Mother of orphans! Render the Almighty favorable to us.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you, O joy of the just! Lead us with you to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Hail Mary . . .
Glory be to you who are ever ready to assist us in life and in death! Be thou our loving guide.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! We rejoice with you in the Lord always!
 
Glory to the Father . . .
 
CONCLUDING PRAYER
 
Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father, Mother of God the Son, spouse of the Holy Spirit, temple of the Blessed Trinity. Hail Mary, my mistress, my treasure, my joy, Queen of my heart; my mother and my life, my sweetness, my dearest hope, my very heart and soul.
 
I am all yours, and all that I have is yours, O Virgin blessed above all things!
 
May your soul be in me to magnify the Lord; may your spirit be in me to rejoice in God. Set yourself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart that in you and through you I may be found faithful to God. Receive me, O gracious Virgin, among those whom you love and instruct, whom you guide, cherish, and protect as your children.
 
I am all yours, and all that I have is yours, O Virgin blessed above all things!
 
Grant that for love of you I may turn from all worldly consolations and ever cling to those of heaven, until through the Holy Spirit—your faithful Spouse—and through you—His faithful spouse—Jesus Christ your Son be formed in me for the glory of the Father.
 
Amen   
 
Dear God, help me to be kind and loving even in the most trying situations. Reveal Your wishes in my heart so I may do Your good works today. Amen. 
 
 
Novena Prayer

I greet you, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, throne of grace, miracle of almighty power!  I greet you, sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of mercy and refuge of sinners!

Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me of your dear Son the favour I request in this Novena:  (Mention your request).

Obtain for me also, Queen of Heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the  grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity, and obedience.  Above all, I beg you to be my mother and protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.

Do not reject my petitions, Mother of mercy!  Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death.

Daughter of the Eternal Father, Mother of the Eternal Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Temple of the Adorable Trinity, pray for me.  Immaculate and tender Heart of Mary, refuge of the needy and hope of sinners, filled with the most lively  respect, love, and gratitude, I devote myself forever to your service, and I offer you my heart with all that I am and all that belongs to me.

Accept this offering , sweet Queen of Heaven and Earth, and obtain for me of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, the favours I ask through your intercession in this novena.  Obtain for me also a tender, generous, constant love of God, perfect submission to His adorable will, the true spirit of a Christian, and the grace of final perseverance.   Amen.

Consecration

Holiest Virgin, with all my heart I venerate you above all the Angels and Saints in paradise as the Daughter of the Eternal Father, and I consecrate to you my soul with all its powers.    Hail Mary, etc.

Holiest Virgin, with all my heart I venerate you above all the Angels and Saints in paradise as the Mother of the only-begotten Son, and I consecrate to you my body and all it senses.  Hail Mary, etc.

Holiest Virgin, with all my heart I venerate you above all the Angels and Saints in paradise as the beloved Spouse of  the Holy Spirit, and I consecrate to you my heart and all its affections, praying you to obtain for me from the Most Holy Trinity all the graces I need for my salvation.  Hail Mary, etc.

Full of Grace; I wonder how many detractors fail to see the significance of what Gabriel said to her; Ponder this; what will we be like, full of grace?

 


 

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