Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows( September 15 )

Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Blood, the Passion, and the Death of Jesus Christ, the sorrows of Mary most holy, and of St. Joseph, in attonement for our sins, in aid of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for the needs of holy Mother Church, and for the conversion of sinners.
Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us!

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose Feast the Church celebrates on September 15 .

The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows draws our hearts towards the Blessed Virgin Mary in compassion for the motherly sufferings that she endured following her beloved son Jesus's sorrowful Passion and burial .

The soul and Imma culate Heart of Mary was pierced when she saw the condition of Jesus on the road to Calvary, when He was crucified, when she stood at the foot of the Holy Cross, when the body of Jesus was taken down from the Cross and when Jesus was buried.

Over the centuries, the Holy Catholic Church celebrated two similar feasts during the liturgical calendar . The purpose of those feasts was firstly to commemorate the spiritual martyrdom of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son. Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, held on Friday before Palm Sunday, was originally kept on the Friday after the third Sunday after Easter. Known under the title of, "Commemoratio angustix et doloris B. Marix V," this Feast commemorated the sorrows of Mary during the Passion and death of Christ .

This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. In her suffering as co-redeemer, she reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance. May the numerous tears of the Mother of God be conducive to our salvation; with which tears Thou, O God, art able to wash away the sins of the whole world.
Join me in praying the Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows , may God bless you all !

Blessed Feast of Nativity of Mary , Holy Mother of God ( September 8 )

Today, September 8 th, we are celebrating the Feast of the Birth of Mary.
This Feast provides us with an occasion for praise and thanksgiving in honour of the personal sanctity and vocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ . Through Mary's Immaculate Conception and Birth was opended the way of salvation for us poor sinners , through Mary we received Jesus , our Lord and Redeemer .
Next to the Holy Nativity of Jesus, Mary's birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world.
Each time we celebrate her birth we can confidently hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and in the world at large.
We can see every human birth as a call for new hope in the world .
This is all true in a magnificent way in Mary. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God's Love , Mary is the foreshadowing of that Love.
If Jesus has brought to all of us the fullness of salvation , Mary is its dawning .
Let us rejoice for the birth of Mary , ever Virgin and Immaculate Mother of God , let us faithfully pray

Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God,
heralded joy to all the world.
For from thou hast risen the Sun of justice,
Christ our God.

Destroying the curse, He gave blessing;
and damning death, He bestowed on us
life everlasting.

Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
For from thou hast risen of Sun of justice,
Christ our God. Amen

(from The Divine Office - Matins )

Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ , in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen

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O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to thee, for my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through thy immaculate hands.

Since thou look with special kindness on those who wear thy Scapular, I implore thee to strengthen my weakness with thy power, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom, and to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity that I may repay each day my debt of humble homage to thee.

May thy Holy Scapular bring me thy special protection in my daily struggle to be faithful to thy Divine Son and to thee. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to imitate thy virtues.

From now on, I shall strive to live in God's Presence, and offer all to Jesus through thee. Dearest Holy Mother, support me by thy never-failing love and lead me to paradise through the merits of Christ and thy own intercession. Amen.


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